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The name Kiss is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who 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.

Kiss Early Origins



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

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Kiss Spelling Variations


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Kiss Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Kiss include Kiss, Kish, Kyshe, Kysh, Kysse, Cuss, Cusse, Cush and others.

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Kiss Early History


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Kiss Early History



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

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Kiss Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kiss Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kiss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Kiss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anthony Kiss who sailed to Philadelphia in 1858
  • Charles Kiss, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kiss (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kiss (post 1700)



  • Ferenc Kiss (1942-2015), Hungarian wrestler at the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics; he won the bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics
  • Geza Kiss (1882-1952), Hungarian sliver and bronze Olympic medalist for swimming at 1904 games

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Kiss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kiss 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.

    This page was last modified on 14 September 2015 at 11:46.

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