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

The ancestral home of the Hass family is Bavaria. Hass 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.


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 Hass 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 Hass 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 Hass History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


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 Hass or a variant listed above:

Hass Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicholas Hass, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1706
  • Simon Hass, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Albrecht Hass, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Abraham Hass, aged 27, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Johann Abraham Hass, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740

Hass Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sophie Hass, aged 41, arrived in America in 1843
  • Conrad Hass, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • Hermann Hass, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1854
  • D Hass, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860
  • Johanna Hass, aged 50, landed in New York in 1862

Hass Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jonny Hass, who arrived in Mississippi in 1902
  • Henry Hass, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906


  • Robert L. Hass (b. 1941), American Pulitzer Prize winning poet (2008), Poet Laureate of the United States (1995-1997)
  • Mike Hass (b. 1983), American football wide receiver
  • Eric Hass (1905-1980), American four-time candidate for United States President of the Socialist Labor Party of America
  • Steve Hass (b. 1975), American professional studio/touring drummer and producer
  • Rudolph Gustav Hass, American developer of the Hass avocado
  • Mark Hass (b. 1956), American politician from the US state of Oregon
  • Siegfried Hass (1898-1987), highly decorated German Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II
  • Johann Adolph Rudolph Hass (1713-1771), German clavichord and harpsichord maker
  • Hedwig Hass (b. 1902), German fencer
  • Amira Hass (b. 1956), prominent left-wing Israeli journalist and author



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The Hass Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hass 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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