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

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The surname Oz 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.

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


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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.

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

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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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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.

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