The German surname Setser is an Upper German name with roots in the southern region of
. The name is derived from the German verb "setzen," meaning "to set," and was probably first borne by someone who worked at a market or fair, setting the prices of merchandise. The Low German variation of the name, Settegast, is even more specific, meaning "one who sets the price of barley."
The surname Setser was first found in Regensburg; the first recorded bearer was Ortlieb der Setser, who lived there in 1290. The young Setser family was instrumental during this early period, playing a major role in the development of medieval Bavarian society.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christian Setzer, who immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1773; Andreas Setzer, a Hessian mercenary who settled in America after fighting in the Revolutionary War, Adam Setzer, who came to Philadelphia in 1806 with his two children, Marie and Wilhelmine Setzer, who sailed from Havre to New York on board the ".