Niess History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Niess family

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.

Important Dates for the Niess family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Niess research. Another 106 words (8 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Niess family (pre 1700)

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Niess migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Niess Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elisabetha Niess, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Jacob Niess, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Johan Henrich Niess, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Theobald Niess, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • John Niess, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Franz Niess, who arrived in New York, NY in 1851 [1]
  • Friedericka Niess, aged 20, who arrived in South Dakota in 1889 [1]
  • Heinrich Niess, aged 13, who arrived in South Dakota in 1889 [1]
  • Dorothea Niess, aged 22, who landed in South Dakota in 1889 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Niess migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Niess Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Niess, aged 26, a mason, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Niess (post 1700)

  • Robert J. Niess, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 33rd District, 1962 [3]

Citations

  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. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 30th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Banks 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbanks1855.shtml
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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