wessels

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Dutch and North German: patronymic from the personal name Wessel 1.
  2. One of the most prominent fur traders in New Netherland in the 1660s was Dirck Wessels(e) (1637–1717), who probably came to New Netherland before 1650 with his father, Wessel Wesselse, a West India Company employee. He also bore a secondary surname, <xref>Ten Broeck</xref>.
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