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Where did the German Hess family come from? What is the German Hess family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hess family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hess family history?

The surname Hess is derived from the Germanic tribe of the Hessians.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hess, Hesse, Esse, Hessel, Hesselin, Hesso, Hesler and many more.

First found in Austria, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hess research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1416, 1584, 1764, 1790, 1791 and 1854 are included under the topic Early Hess History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Caspar Hess, a German mercenary, who remained in America after the Revolution

Hess Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Catharine Hess, who is on record in New York city in 1709
  • Joseph Hess, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Wilhelm Hess, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Johannes Hess, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Henrich Hess, who arrived in America in 1724


Hess Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Fred Hess, aged 14, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Georg Hess, who landed in America in 1831
  • Gottlieb Jacob Hess, aged 57, landed in Missouri in 1838
  • John Gottlieb Hess, aged 28, arrived in Missouri in 1838
  • Hartman Hess, aged 24, arrived in Missouri in 1840


Hess Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Magdalena Hess, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1928

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  • Victor Francis Hess (1883-1964), American physicist, who shared the Nobel prize in 1936
  • Dean Hess (b. 1917), American Air Force Colonel
  • Harry Hess (1906-1969), American geologist
  • Orvan Hess (1906-2002), American doctor who invented the fetal heart monitor
  • Brigadier-General Walter Wood Jr. Hess (1892-1972), American Commandant of Camp Carson (1950-1952)
  • Max Hess, American Olympic gold medalist for gymnastics at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Moses Hess (1812-1875), German socialist and theorist
  • Walter Rudolf Hess (1881-1973), Swiss physiologist, who shared the 1949 Nobel Prize in Medicine
  • Erika Hess (b. 1962), Swiss alpine skier
  • Germain Henri Hess (1802-1850), Russian-Swiss chemist

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  • family History of Inter-Married Branches of the Families of Brown, Doane, Hess, Peck, Wintermute by Maurice E. Peck.
  • Descendants of John Hess 1809-1888: A Hess Genealogy Through Pioneer Hans Hess by James H. Hess.
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  10. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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The Hess Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hess Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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