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Origins Available: German, Jewish


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

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The surname Hess was 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.

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


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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:

Hess Settlers in 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 United States in the 19th Century


  • John Fred Hess, aged 14, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Caspar Hess, a German mercenary, who remained in America after the Revolution
  • 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


Hess Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


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

Hess Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Jacob Hess U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Hess Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Louise Wilhelmina Hess, a farm worker, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Victoria"

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  • Dean Elmer Hess (1917-2015), American Air Force Colonel involved in the "Kiddy Car Airlift," the rescue of 950 orphans and 80 orphanage staff from the path of the Chinese advance during the Korean War on December 20, 1950
  • Max Hess, American Olympic gold medalist for gymnastics at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Brigadier-General Walter Wood Jr. Hess (1892-1972), American Commandant of Camp Carson (1950-1952)
  • Victor Francis Hess (1883-1964), American physicist, who shared the Nobel prize in 1936
  • Orvan Hess (1906-2002), American doctor who invented the fetal heart monitor
  • Harry Hess (1906-1969), American geologist
  • Moses Hess (1812-1875), German socialist and theorist
  • Walter Rudolf Hess (1881-1973), Swiss physiologist, who shared the 1949 Nobel Prize in Medicine
  • Myra Hess (1890-1965), British pianist
  • 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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  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. 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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