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Where did the German Haas family come from? What is the German Haas family crest and coat of arms? When did the Haas family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Haas family history?

The Haas family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, as hereditary surnames began to be adopted, names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Haas is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Haas was given to someone who lived in Bavaria, where the family was closely identified in early medieval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history.


Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Haas include Hase, Haase, Haas, Hasse, Hasen, Haass, Haasse, Haasen, Haes, Haese, Haess, Haesse, Heslin, Haeslein and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the family was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. The name originates from the German word "Hase," meaning rabbit. Chronicles first mention Ruediger Hase in Bavaria in 1173, Henrich Hase, the owner of the inn "zum Hase" in Basel in 1293, and the name Hass appears in Prague in 1363.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haas research. Another 885 words(63 lines of text) covering the years 1503, 1316, 1421, 1762, 1774, 1801, 1536 and 1362 are included under the topic Early Haas History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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:

Haas Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hend Haas, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Michel Haas, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Niclaus Haas, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Paulus Haas, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Simon Haas, who arrived in New York in 1709

Haas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ans Haas, who landed in America in 1807
  • Dan Haas, who landed in America in 1807
  • Ulrich Haas, who landed in New York in 1834
  • Philipp Haas, who landed in North America in 1835
  • Georg Haas, who arrived in North America in 1836

Haas Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frank Haas, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1907

Haas Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Carl Haas, who landed in Nova Scoria in 1757
  • Susana Haas, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757

Haas Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Gottfried Haas, who landed in Quebec in 1850


  • Lukas Haas (b. 1976), American actor
  • Dolly Haas (1910-1994), German-American actress
  • Fred Haas (1915-2004), American golfer
  • Walter A. Haas (1889-1979), American President and Chairman of Levi Strauss & Co
  • John Charles Haas (1918-2011), American businessman and philanthropist, former chairman of Rohm and Haas
  • Joseph Haas (1879-1960), German composer of folk oratorios, Catholic masses and instrumental pieces
  • Thomas Mario Haas (b. 1978), German tennis player
  • Hans Haas (1886-1935), German Protestant theologian
  • Bernt Haas (b. 1978), Austrian professional footballer
  • Christl Haas (1943-2001), Austrian Olympic skiing champion



  • Genealogy of the Goldman, Levy, Wertheim, Kaufman, Fleishman, Haas, Koshland, Stern, Strauss, Meyer, and Newmark Families by Douglas Edward Goldman.
  • Haas Family History by Arthur Milton Haas.

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The Haas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haas Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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