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The Dutch Niess surname was originally a habitational name, taken on from any of various places in Friesland called Nes, or similar names. These place names come from the word "nes," which meant a "spit of land."

Niess Early Origins



The surname Niess was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in South Holland, a province of Holland, the most crowded province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Rotterdam, Leyden and Shiedam. Noted is the famed castle of Teilengen where Jacqueline of Bavaria is buried. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

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Niess Spelling Variations


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Niess Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Ness, Nes, Neser, Nesse, Nessen, Nessel, Nest, Nesh, Neste, Netz, Nas, Nass, Nos, Noss and many more.

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Niess Early History


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Niess Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Niess research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1645, 1655, 1771, 1841, 1626, 1693 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Niess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Niess Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Niess Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Niess 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Niess Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elisabetha Niess, who came to Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Jacob Niess, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Johan Henrich Niess, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Theobald Niess, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • John Niess, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Niess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wilh Niess, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Franz Niess, who arrived in New York, NY in 1851
  • Friedericka Niess, aged 20, arrived in South Dakota in 1889
  • Heinrich Niess, aged 13, arrived in South Dakota in 1889
  • Dorothea Niess, aged 22, landed in South Dakota in 1889
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Niess Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Niess, aged 26, a mason, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Niess (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Niess (post 1700)



  • Robert J. Niess, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 33rd District, 1962

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München: 1975. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Jameson, John Franklin. Narratives of New Netherland 1609-1664. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909. Print.
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Niess Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Niess 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 11 December 2015 at 10:30.

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