Show ContentsMies History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Mies emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of barbarian tribes. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Early Origins of the Mies family

The surname Mies was first found in Prussia, where the name could be considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs, and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, where each group sought power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

Early History of the Mies family

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Mies Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Mies include Meske, Meeske, Mieske, Mesec, Messec, Messeck, Meseck, Mesech, Messech, Mesac and many more.

Early Notables of the Mies family (pre 1700)

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United States Mies migration to the United States +

Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Mies Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Philip Mies, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
Mies Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Mies, aged 28, who arrived in America in 1868 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mies (post 1700) +

  • Admiral Richard Willard Mies (b. 1944), American fourth Commander in Chief of United States Strategic Command (1998-2001)
  • James E. Mies, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1981-85 [2]
  • Herbert Mies (1929-2017), German politician, awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1985/1986
  • Maria Mies (b. 1931), German professor of sociology and author of several feminist books
  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), German/American architect and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Mies de Heer (b. 1947), well-known stage actress

  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 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook