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The surname of TESSLER is a German and Ashkenazic occupational name for a joiner. The name was derived from the element TISCH (table). This was the normal term for the craftsman in northern and eastern Germany and in Austria and Switzerland during the Middle Ages; in the West from Bavaria to the Dutch border, the name was SCHREINER. The name is also spelt TISCHENDORF, TISCHMANN, TISCHNER, TISHLER, TISHMAN, TISCHMAN, TESZLER and DISCHER. Surnames which were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have the same meaning in many languages. The court of Charlemagne (Charles the Great, king of the Franks (742-814) was Christian and Latin speaking), the vernacular was the Frankish dialect of Old High German, and the personal names in use were Germanic and vernacular. These names were adopted in many parts of northwest Europe, particularly among the noble ruling classes. Hereditary surnames were found in Germany in the second half of the 12th century - a little later than in England and France. It was about the 16th century that they became stabilized. A notable member of the name was Konstantin von TISCHENDORF (1815-74) the German biblical scholar, born in Lengenfield in Saxony. In 1839 he became a lecturer, in 1845 a professor at Leipzig. His search for MSS of the New Testament resulted in the discovery of the 4th century Sinaitic Codex at the monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai; he described his journeys in 'Reise in den Orient' (1846) and 'Aus dem Heiligen Lande' (1862). Because of the close relationship between the English and German languages, some Germans are able to transform their names to the English form just by dropping a single letter. Many Germans have re-spelt their names in America. A great number of immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania. After the start of the first World War, Germans in great numbers Anglicized their names in an effort to remove all doubt as to their patriotism. Afterwards some changed back, and then during World War II the problem became acute once more, and the changing started all over again, although not with as much intensity.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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