Schlesinger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Medieval Austria is the ancient homeland of the Schlesinger family. Austria, which was originally home to a Celtic people, was conquered by the Roman Empire in about 15 BC. Following the fall of Rome, Austria was repeatedly invaded by barbarian tribes, such as the Vandals, Visigoths, and Huns, who swept in from the east. During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Alemanni, Avars and Slavs settled Austria. The Avars were defeated in 785 by the Frankish emperor Charlemagne, who set up the East Mark, which later became known as the Österreich. Austria was ruled by the Babenburger dynasty until 1278, when they were succeeded by the Hapsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria until the 20th century.

Early Origins of the Schlesinger family

The surname Schlesinger was first found in Silesia, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Schlesinger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schlesinger research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schlesinger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schlesinger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schlesinger, Schlessinger, Schlesingen, Schlessingen, Schlessin, Schlessing, Schlesian, Schlesianer, Schlessen, Schlesin and many more.

Early Notables of the Schlesinger family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schlesinger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Schlesinger migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schlesinger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J A Schlesinger, aged 24, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1842 [1]
  • John Schlesinger, aged 24, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1842 [1]
  • John Aron Schlesinger, aged 24, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1842 [1]
  • P Schlesinger, aged 16, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1842 [1]
  • Edward Schlesinger, who arrived in Texas in 1848 at the age of 24
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Schlesinger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Schlesinger, who arrived in Mississippi in 1903 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Schlesinger (post 1700) +

  • Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr. (1917-2007), renowned as a historian, winning the Pulitzer Prize twice (1946 and 1966), he was also appointed special assistant to John F. Kennedy in 1961
  • Adam Lyons Schlesinger (1967-2020), American three-time Emmy Award winning and Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, record producer, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist and drummer; he died from COVID-19
  • Arthur Meier Schlesinger Sr. (1888-1965), American historian and professor at Harvard University
  • David Schlesinger (b. 1960), American journalist who is the Editor-in-Chief of Reuters
  • Cory Schlesinger (b. 1972), American football player
  • Hermann Irving Schlesinger (1882-1960), American chemist
  • Frank Schlesinger (1871-1943), American astronomer
  • Leon Schlesinger (1884-1949), American film producer, founder of Leon Schlesinger Productions, which later became the Warner Bros. Cartoons
  • James Schlesinger (b. 1929), former director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense (1973-1974)
  • Lulu M. Schlesinger, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1924 [2]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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