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The many generations and branches of the Kis family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a maker of leather armor for the knight's legs. In some cases the name was used as a trade name for a shoemaker. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old French word cuisse, a type of leather armor.

Early Origins of the Kis family


The surname Kis was first found in Leicestershire, where they held a family seat from early times.

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Early History of the Kis family

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Early History of the Kis family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kis research.
Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1455, 1545, 1576 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Kis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kis Spelling Variations

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Kis Spelling Variations


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Kis were recorded, including Kiss, Kish, Kyshe, Kysh, Kysse, Cuss, Cusse, Cush and others.

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Early Notables of the Kis family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Kis family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Kis family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Kis family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Symko Kis, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1899

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