Heiss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Heiss surname is a South German and Austrian variant of Hiess, which derives from a short form of the personal name Mathies. In some instances, the name was a variant of Heuss. The Heyse variant is more commonly found in Northern Germany.

Early Origins of the Heiss family

The surname Heiss was first found in Bavaria and the South.

Early History of the Heiss family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heiss research. Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1512, 1514, 1565, 1573, 1640, 1704, and 1726 are included under the topic Early Heiss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heiss Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Heiss, Heise, Heisel, Heisler, Heyse and others.

Early Notables of the Heiss family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Heiss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Heiss migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heiss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Georg Heiss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Johan Heinrich Heiss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Matthias Heiss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Johan Adam Heiss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Peter Heiss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Heiss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Conrad Heiss, aged 29, who arrived in Harford County, Maryland in 1838 [1]
  • Bernard Heiss, who landed in Texas in 1845 [1]
  • Theodor Heiss, who arrived in New York in 1850 [1]
  • Eva Heiss, who landed in North America in 1852 [1]
  • Carl Heiss, aged 9, who arrived in New York, NY in 1852 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Heiss (post 1700) +

  • Michael Heiss (1818-1890), German-born, American Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • Carol Heiss (b. 1940), American figure skater, 1960 Olympic Champion
  • W. A. Heiss, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1932 [2]
  • Anita Heiss (b. 1968), contemporary Indigenous Australian author


  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 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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