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Family of craftsmen, probably original of Brisgovia (Breisgau). The first chronicles of the family report a Hugo Väsch, living in Freiburg in the year 1388, followed by his son Heintzmann, stone-cutter by trade, who moves to Basel, Switzerland, in 1404, finally obtaining the citizenship of this town in 1409. Ninety years later, in 1494, the Fesches begun to make part of the City Council.