Kiss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Kiss family
The surname Kiss was first found in Leicestershire, where they held a family seat from early times.
Early History of the Kiss family
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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.
Early Notables of the Kiss family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Kiss is the 12,807th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
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