The history of the Dreyfuss family name begins in the German province of Bavaria
. Dreyfuss 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. Dreyfuss 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. Dreyfuss 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 Dreyfuss family was a powerful and prestigious landholder family. In the Middle Ages, when Bavaria
was characterized by feudalism
, knighthood, and heroic battles, the Dreyfuss 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 Dreyfuss family
The surname Dreyfuss 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 Dreyfuss family
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Dreyfuss 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 Dreyfuss include Dreyfuss, Dreyfus, Dreifuss, Drayfuss, Dreifus, Dreyfous, Driefus, Drifuss, Dryfuss and many more.
Early Notables of the Dreyfuss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dreyfuss family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:
Dreyfuss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Emanuel Dreyfuss, who landed in Mississippi in 1845 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)
- Charles Dreyfuss, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1895
- Bern. Dreyfuss, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
- Carrie Dreyfuss, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1896
Dreyfuss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Aline Dreyfuss, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Uffherin, in 1903
- A. Dreyfuss, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1905
- Benjamin Dreyfuss, aged 10, who landed in America from Bresl Lilowk, Grodno, in 1907
- Else Dreyfuss, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
- Ester Dreyfuss, aged 13, who landed in America from Brest Litosk, Russia, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Dreyfuss (post 1700)
- Richard Stephen Dreyfuss (b. 1947), Oscar-winning American actor, starring in such feature films as "American Graffitti" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
- Henry Dreyfuss (1903-1972), American designer
- Barney Dreyfuss (1865-1932), baseball entrepreneur, co-founder of the World Series