The founding heritage of the Cusse family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Cusse comes from when one of the family 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 Cusse family
The surname Cusse was first found in Leicestershire
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Cusse family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cusse research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1455, 1545, 1576 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Cusse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cusse Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cusse has been spelled many different ways, including Kiss, Kish, Kyshe, Kysh, Kysse, Cuss, Cusse, Cush and others.
Early Notables of the Cusse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cusse family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Cusses to arrive in North America: Richard Cuss who arrived in Barbados in 1684; and Anthony Kiss who sailed to Philadelphia in 1858.