Visser History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Visser family

The surname Visser was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth, and held great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Early History of the Visser family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Visser research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1547 is included under the topic Early Visser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Visser Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Visser, Vissers, Vissere, Vesser, Vessler, Vasser, Vasseur, Fiser and many more.

Early Notables of the Visser family (pre 1700)

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United States Visser migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Visser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Garrard Visser, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Hans Visser, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Johan Visser, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Pieter Visser, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Hans Nichel Visser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Visser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Leendert Dick Visser, aged 16, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Leentje Visser, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • Lyntje Visser, aged 10, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • Jacoba Visser, aged 55, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Sientje De Visser, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Visser (post 1700) +

  • Lesley Candace Visser (b. 1953), American sportscaster, the 2006 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award
  • Barney Visser (b. 1949), American owner of Furniture Row Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
  • Robert Visser, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 95th District, 1978 [2]
  • Peter W. Visser, American politician, Delegate to Iowa convention to ratify 21st amendment from Marion County, 1933 [2]
  • Paul Calvin Visser, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 82nd District, 1966; Mayor of Flint, Michigan, 1973-75 [2]
  • David Visser, American politician, Mayor of Wyoming, Michigan, 1962-63 [2]
  • Henk Visser (1932-2015), Dutch long jumper at the 1952 and 1960 Summer Olympics
  • Beitske Visser (b. 1995), Dutch racing driver
  • Leendert "Leo" Visser (b. 1966), Dutch former Speed skater, winner of the World Allround championship in 1989, two-time gold medalist, four-time silver and bronze medalist
  • Barbara Visser (b. 1977), Dutch politician, Member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
  • ... (Another 9 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 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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