Origins Available: German
The history of the Dreifuss family name begins in the German province of Bavaria
. Dreifuss is a nickname
surname, a class of German names derived from eke-names, or added names, that described people by a personal characteristic or other attribute. Dreifuss is a name for a man who had to use a crutch. The surname, which was originally derived from the German word drivuoss, which means a tripod or a cooking pot with three legs, was also applied to a person who "stands for" everything or was tolerant. Dreifuss is also a Jewish local
surname that was originally derived from the town of Trier on the Moselle, known in French as Treves. Both the French and the German name come from the Latin Augusta Treverorum, or the City of Augustus among the Treveri. In Bavaria
, the Dreifuss family was a powerful and prestigious landholder family. In the Middle Ages, when Bavaria
was characterized by feudalism
, knighthood, and heroic battles, the Dreifuss family resided on a feudal
estate and enjoyed the splendors of the feudal courts. Moreover, the family played an instrumental role in the development of Bavarian political and economic affairs.
Early Origins of the Dreifuss family
The surname Dreifuss was first found in Augsburg, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal
System and the nation.
Early History of the Dreifuss family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dreifuss research.Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1872, 1859 and 1935 are included under the topic Early Dreifuss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dreifuss Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Dreifuss include Dreyfuss, Dreyfus, Dreifuss, Drayfuss, Dreifus, Dreyfous, Driefus, Drifuss, Dryfuss and many more.
Early Notables of the Dreifuss family (pre 1700)
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dreifuss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dreifuss family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dreifuss or a variant listed above: Abraham Dryfoos, who settled in Philadelphia in 1860; Joseph Dryfoos settled in Philadelphia in 1860; Barnard Dryfus settled in Philadelphia in 1841; Samuel Dryfuss settled in Philadelphia in 1840..