Oss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Dutch Oss surname is a habitational name taken on from a place called Oss, in North Brabant.

Early Origins of the Oss family

The surname Oss 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 North Holland, a province of the Netherlands. The principal cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem and Hilversum. It was the seat of the old Counts of Holland. Seat of one of the oldest families is Brederode Castle near Haarlem. There are many old and quaint towns in the province. including Medemblik, Enkhuizen, Hoorn, Edam, and Monnikendam. 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.

Early History of the Oss family

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Oss Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Os, Ose, Oses, Oss, Oos, Oz, van Os, de Oz and many more.

Early Notables of the Oss family (pre 1700)

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United States Oss migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Albert Oss (1818-1898), born in Belgium, was a soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War who was awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Friederich Oss, aged 19, who landed in New York, NY in 1848 [1]
  • Joseph Oss, aged 47, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [1]
Oss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ferdinand Oss, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1921 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Oss (post 1700) +

  • Harry Oss, American Republican politician, Chair of Mineral County Republican Party, 1940 [2]


  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 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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