Re: Reusser = Risser ?????
Dear Dennis - A distant relative paid for gen. research on the family in Germany.My most distant traced/proven ancestor is Michael Arnold Reussner, born in Germany about 1648.He spent the majority of his life in and around the town of Gemmingen, Germany where in the latter 1600's and early 1700's he served as alderman and mayor the city.He had three children, a girl and two boys.The girl, Juliana Barbara Reussner had the same surname as her father.The boys, Johan Hans Michael and Tobias, their surname however was written "Reissner". No explanation for the change in spelling was ever given or found.Michael Arnold's surname in later records was written several different ways, all variations on the spelling "Reissner".At least two of Michael Arnold's grandsons moved to the U. S. in the middle 1700's. They immigrated under the name "Reisner".Eventually it was changed to "Risner" or in some cases, "Risener".The pronunciation never changed.It was and is still pronounced, "Rise-ner", with a long "i".
From where Michael Arnold Reussner came is not known.It is believed that he was born in Germany.However the first spelling of his last name raised questions as to whether or not the family might be from France or Switzerland.
So, in answering your question, it is conceiveable that Reusser became Risser, as in my case Reussner became Reisner.
It is worth mentioning that I've started a y-DNA surname project at Family Tree DNA (www.familytreedna.com).One of the objectives of the project is to test people whose surname is a variant of "Reisner" and determine if the family lines go back to a common ancestor.It would be interesting to see if your Reusser family is distantly related to my Reussner family line.If you would be interested in participating in the DNA project to test this theory, please contact me at my e-mail address below for more information.I look forward to hearing back from you.
Best Regards - Robert Risner, firstname.lastname@example.org