Gauss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Gauss is derived from the Middle High German word "ganser," which means "gander." Generally it came was a name for people, whose occupation involved raising geese.

Early Origins of the Gauss family

The surname Gauss was first found in Brunswick, where the name is considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone early development in Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The family name also spread to Thuringia and to East Prussia.

Early History of the Gauss family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gauss research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1797 and 1839 are included under the topic Early Gauss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gauss Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gans, Ganss, Ganse, Gansse, Ganz, Ganze, Gantz and many more.

Early Notables of the Gauss family (pre 1700)

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gauss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gauss migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gauss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Gauss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Friederich Gauss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Johann George Gauss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
Gauss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Georg Gauss, who arrived in America in 1837 [1]
  • Louis Gauss, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • George Gauss, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855 [1]
  • Christian Gauss, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1856 [1]
  • Pieter Gerrit Gauss, who landed in lowa in 1860 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gauss (post 1700) +

  • John F. Gauss, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Marshall, Michigan, 1902 [2]
  • Clarence Edward Gauss (1887-1960), American Republican politician, U.S. Consul General in Mukden, 1923-24; Tsinan, 1924-26; Shanghai, 1926-27, 1935-38; Tientsin, 1927-31; Paris, 1935; U.S. Minister to Australia, 1940-41 [2]
  • Charles E. Gauss, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1932; Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Calhoun County 1st District, 1933 [2]
  • Charles E. Gauss, American politician, Mayor of Marshall, Michigan, 1913-15 [2]
  • Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), German mathematician


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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