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Where did the German Schlosser family come from? What is the German Schlosser family crest and coat of arms? When did the Schlosser family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Schlosser family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Schloss, Schlosser, Schlossmann, Schlossmacher and others.

First found in Bavaria, where the name was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. Bearers of the name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The German word "schloss" has two meanings, "castle" and "lock," which lead to two possible origins for the name; it might refer to one who lived near a castle, or it may have been an occupational name, being given to a locksmith. The latter origin is by far the most likely for the Schlosser and Schlossmacher forms of the name, whereas the origin of Schloss could be either.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schlosser research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1368 is included under the topic Early Schlosser History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Schlosser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schlosser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Leonard Schlosser, who came to Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Johann Jacob Schlosser, who landed in America in 1732
  • Leonard Schlosser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Leonhard Schlosser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Joh Jacob Schlosser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748


Schlosser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Friedrich Wilhelm Schlosser, aged 39, arrived in America in 1839
  • Johan Peter Schlosser, who arrived in Texas in 1840-1850
  • Carl Schlosser, who arrived in Texas in 1845
  • Mich Schlosser, who landed in Texas in 1845
  • Josephe Schlosser, who arrived in Texas in 1846


Schlosser Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Ferdinand A. Schlosser, aged 38, a clothmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred"

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  • Thomas Schlosser, American Democrat politician, Chair of Ohio County Democratic Party, 1975
  • Loretta Schlosser, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1956
  • John F. Schlosser, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 26th District, 1909-10
  • Harold L. Schlosser, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1952, 1956
  • Fred Schlosser, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1920
  • Frank G. Schlosser (b. 1901), American politician, Delegate to New Jersey State Constitutional Convention from Hudson County, 1947
  • David Schlosser, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arizona, 2008
  • Art Paul Schlosser (b. 1960), American folk musician and comedian
  • Eric Schlosser (b. 1959), award-winning American journalist
  • Friedrich Christoph Schlosser (1776-1861), German historian

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  2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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The Schlosser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schlosser Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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