Wessels History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wessels family

The surname Wessels was first found in East Prussia, where the name Wessel came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as numerous branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some of which were located in other countries. Through the acquisition of these estates as well as their important contributions to society, the family successfully elevated their social status.

Early History of the Wessels family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wessels research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1489, 1720, and 1767 are included under the topic Early Wessels History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wessels Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wessel, Wessels, Wessell, Wessells, Wesel, Wesels, Wesseles, Wesells, Weesel, Weessel, Wassell, Wassail, Wessail, Wassel and many more.

Early Notables of the Wessels family (pre 1700)

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United States Wessels migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wessels Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Annecken Wessels, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1654 [1]
  • David Wessels, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1658 [1]
  • Tytje Gommers Wessels, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1658 [1]
  • Hendrick Wessels, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1663 [1]
  • Herman Wessels, who landed in New York in 1664 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wessels Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Wessels, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1822 [1]
  • Georg Wessels, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Gert Wessels, who landed in America in 1834 [1]
  • A Gert Wessels, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1840 [1]
  • Henry Wessels, aged 26, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1845 [1]
  • ... (More 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)


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