Ochse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The German state of Bavaria is the ancestral home of the Ochse family. Ochse is a local name, first used as a surname for someone who lived in Franconia, where their name rose to prominence through their involvement in the social and cultural affairs of the area. Their seat and land holdings were in the free canton of Gebuerg. The ancestral home of the Ochse family is found in the Rhineland. Ochse is of several possible origins, all of which derive from a common root; the name comes from the Middle High German ochs, meaning "ox." It may have originated from a nickname, referring to "one as stubborn as an ox." Alternatively, the original bearer of the name may have been someone who kept or sold oxen. Finally, the surname may be derived from a place of residence distinguished by a sign; in this case, the name would indicate "one who dwelled in the house with the sign of the ox."
Early Origins of the Ochse family
The surname Ochse was first found in the Rhineland, where the Ochse family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. The earliest known bearer of the name was Hans Ochslin, who was a resident of Waldsee in 1536. Always prominent in social affairs, the young Ochse family became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.
Important Dates for the Ochse family
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Ochse Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Ochse include Ochs, Ochss, Ochse, Och, Ochsse, Ocks, Ockss, Ockse, Ocksse, Osse (northern Germany), Oexle (Swabia), Oxle (Swabia), Oechsle, Ochsner, Exline, Echslin, Oxle, Ochslein ("little ox") and many more.
Early Notables of the Ochse family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Ochse in this period include Peter Ochse from Gieselfeld (around 1554), a member of the Danish branch of the family who moved to Ravensburg where he became a major in the Bavarian army. According to Saxon...
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Ochse migration to the United States
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Ochses to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Ochse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johannes Ochse, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764 
- Conrad Ochse, who landed in New York, NY in 1782 
- Johann Heinrich Ochse, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782 
Ochse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Wilhelmina Ochse, who was living in Texas in 1854
- Konrad Ochse, a Hessian mercenary who settled in America after fighting in the Revolutionary War
Contemporary Notables of the name Ochse (post 1700)
- Weston Ochse (b. 1965), American Bram Stoker Award winning author and educator
- Arthur Lennox Ochse (1899-1949), South African cricketer
- Johannes Karl "Chum" Ochse (1925-1996), South African rugby union player
- ^ 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)