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Ness Surname History


Origins Available: Dutch , English , German , Scottish


The tale of the name Ness begins with a family who lived in any of a number of places called Ness, in Scotland and England. In this case, the surname Ness comes from the Old English word, ness, which means headland. Thus, the surname Ness means someone "from the headland." However, some references claim the name came from the Gaelic personal name Ness.


Early Origins of the Ness family


The surname Ness was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Ness family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ness research.
Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1093, 1153, 1160, 1180, and 1260 are included under the topic Early Ness History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ness Spelling Variations


Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Ness has been spelled Ness, Nesse, Nessan, Neeson and others.

Early Notables of the Ness family (pre 1700)


More information is included under the topic Early Ness Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Ness family to Ireland


Some of the Ness family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Ness family to the New World and Oceana


In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Ness:

Ness Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • An Cath. Ness, who settled in New York in 1710
  • Georg Wilhelm Ness, who settled in New York, NY sometime between 1710 and 1714
  • Ann Cath. Ness went to New York, NY in the fall of 1710 and was given aid by the British Government to survive her first winter there, a debt which she, among hundreds of others, did not repay
  • An Cath Ness, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Mathias Ness and his wife Maria Barbara settled in Philadelphia with their six sons in 1731
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ness Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mrs. Ann Ness U.E. who settled in Carleton, [Saint John West] New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Lieut. John Ness U.E. born in Yorkshire, England who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the Prince of Wales American Regiment, he died in 1799 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Ness Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Ness, aged 16, a moulder, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
  • Paul Ness, aged 15, a moulder, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
  • Angus Ness, aged 4, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
  • Hugh Ness, aged 9, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
  • Mrs. Janet Ness, aged 39, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ness Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Eliza Ness, (b. 1820), aged 38, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mr. William Ness, (b. 1820), aged 38, British carpenter travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Miss Susan Ness, (b. 1849), aged 9, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Miss Mary Ness, (b. 1851), aged 7, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Miss Helen Ness, (b. 1854), aged 4, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ness (post 1700)


  • Mike Ness (b. 1962), American guitarist and vocalist
  • Cornelius P. Van Ness (1782-1852), American lawyer and politician from Vermont
  • Eliot Ness (1903-1957), American Prohibition agent, famous leader of a legendary team nicknamed "The Untouchables"
  • Albert Ness, American Artist
  • James Peter Van Ness (1808-1872), American politician, Mayor of San Francisco, California, 1855-56; Member of California State Senate, 1871 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Jacob Van Ness, American politician, Postmaster at Poughkeepsie, New York, 1819-21 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Hugh Van Ness, American Democrat politician, Candidate for supervisor of Bedford Township, Monroe County, Michigan, 1940 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Henry M. Van Ness, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Passaic County, 1847-48 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • George Van Ness, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 48th District, 1928 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • David Van Ness (1745-1818), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County, 1790-91; Presidential Elector for New York, 1792; Member of New York State Senate Middle District, 1800-02 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

See Also



Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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