The ancestral home of the Haess family was in the German state of Bavaria
. Haess is a local
name for a person 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.
Early Origins of the Haess family
The surname Haess was 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.
Early History of the Haess family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haess research.Another 885 words (63 lines of text) covering the years 1503, 1316, 1421, 1762, 1774, 1801, 1536, 1362, 1684 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Haess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Haess 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 Haess include Hase, Haase, Haas, Hasse, Hasen, Haass, Haasse, Haasen, Haes, Haese, Haess, Haesse, Heslin, Haeslein and many more.
Early Notables of the Haess family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Haess family to the New World and Oceana
Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant
farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Haess or a variant listed above: Johann Friedrich Hase, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1738. Maria Heslin settled in New York State in 1846.