Osse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Osse family. The Osse surname evolved as a local name for a family that 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 Osse family is found in the Rhineland. Osse 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 Osse family

The surname Osse was first found in the Rhineland, where the Osse 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 Osse 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.

Early History of the Osse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Osse research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1554, 1752, 1802, 1810, and 1821 are included under the topic Early Osse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Osse 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 Osse 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 Osse family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Osse 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...
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Osse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Osse family

Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Osse or a variant listed above: Christopher Exline, who settled in Philadelphia in 1743; Barbara Ochslin, who came to Georgia in 1750; Konrad Ochse, a Hessian mercenary who settled in America after fighting in the Revolutionary War, Nicolous Ochs, who was naturalized in Missouri in 1840.

Contemporary Notables of the name Osse (post 1700) +

  • Reginald Joseph Ossé (1964-2017), known professionally as Combat Jack, an American hip hop music attorney, executive, journalist, editor and podcaster

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