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Where did the Dutch Oz family come from? What is the Dutch Oz family crest and coat of arms? When did the Oz family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Oz family history?

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


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

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oz research. Another 280 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oz History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Oz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Dirk Van Os who settled in Baltimore in 1847. 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..


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  8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  10. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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The Oz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oz 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 23 October 2014 at 13:34.

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