Cuss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Cuss family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a maker of leather armor for the knight's legs. In some cases the name was used as a trade name for a shoemaker. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old French word cuisse, a type of leather armor.

Early Origins of the Cuss family

The surname Cuss was first found in Leicestershire, where they held a family seat from early times.

Important Dates for the Cuss family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cuss research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1455, 1545, 1576 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Cuss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cuss Spelling Variations

Cuss has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Cuss have been found, including Kiss, Kish, Kyshe, Kysh, Kysse, Cuss, Cusse, Cush and others.

Early Notables of the Cuss family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cuss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cuss migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cusss to arrive on North American shores:

Cuss Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Cuss, who landed in Maryland in 1676 [1]
  • Richard Cuss who arrived in Barbados in 1684

Cuss migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cuss Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Elihu Cuss U.E. who settled in Township of Longucuil [Longueuil], Quebec c. 1783 [2]

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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
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