Senn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Senn is an occupational name. It is derived from the Middle High German word "Senn," meaning "farmhand" or "milker of cows." The name was likely first borne by a farmhand, then passed down to his descendants as a surname.

Early Origins of the Senn family

The surname Senn was first found in Northern Switzerland, where the name Senn emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the canto of Aargau. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Senn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Senn research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1790, 1799, 1873, and 1881 are included under the topic Early Senn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Senn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sen, Senn and others.

Early Notables of the Senn family (pre 1700)

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United States Senn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Senn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Jacob Senn, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Hans Jacob Senn, who arrived in America in 1736 [1]
  • Heini Senn, who arrived in America in 1736 [1]
  • Barbara Senn, who landed in America in 1751 [1]
  • Jacob Senn, who landed in America in 1788 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Senn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Senn, aged 7, who landed in Wisconsin in 1851 [1]
  • Martin Senn, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1859 [1]
  • John Senn, who settled in St. Clair County, Illinois in 1859
  • John Senn, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1863 [1]
  • Anton Senn, who settled in Ohio in 1867
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Senn migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Senn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Senn U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Senn (post 1700) +

  • Margaret Senn, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1960 [3]
  • Louis F. Senn, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Brackenridge, Pennsylvania, 1912-16 [3]
  • Joseph D. Senn, American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 6th District, 1927 [3]
  • John J. Senn, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1877-78 [3]
  • Henry C. Senn, American politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Winnebago County 1st District, 1902 [3]
  • August Senn, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives, 1907-10 (35th District 1907-08, 38th District 1909-10) [3]
  • Rear Admiral Thomas Jones Senn (1871-1947), American Naval officer, recipient of the Navy Cross
  • Nicholas Senn (1844-1908), American surgeon, instructor, and founder of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, President of the American Medical Association (1897-1898), eponym of Senn High School in Chicago
  • Jordan Senn (b. 1984), American NFL football linebacker who plated from 2008 to 2014
  • Frank Colvin Senn (b. 1943), American pastor and liturgist of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
  • ... (Another 15 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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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