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

There are several possible derivations for the Slusher surname. In some instances, it is no doubt derived from the Old High German "sliozen" meaning "to lock" or "shut," and the name was occupational for a locksmith. Alternatively, the name is also thought to be derived from the Middle High German word "schloss" meaning "castle" or "fortress," and as a name probably described someone who lived in a castle or was employed there.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Schlusser, Schlüsser, Shlusser, Slusher and others.

First found in West Prussia and Pomerelia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families in the western region. From the 13th century onwards 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 records show a Chuonrad Rufus faber qui dicitur Slosser in 1290, in records relating to Basel; and he is recorded again in 1294 as Cuonrad dictus Slosser.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Slusher research. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1360 and 1368 are included under the topic Early Slusher History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Jacob Slusher, who came to Belize in 1792; S. Slusher, who settled in San Francisco in 1852; Philip Slusher, who arrived in Indiana sometime between 1852 and 1861.

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  • Burke Slusher (b. 1970), American soccer coach
  • Carlos "Charlie" Slusher (b. 1971), Belizean professional footballer


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  8. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
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The Slusher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Slusher 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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