Schiess History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Schiess was born in the beautiful region of Bohemia, which is now part of Czechoslavakia. In the Middle Ages, many of the Bohemian were a part of the Holy Roman Empire, which was characterized by the Feudal System. Before this era, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Many people, such as the Schiess family, adopted the name of their feudal occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Schiess was an occupational name for a cobbler. The distinguished name Schiess is derived from the Old German word "schuoch" which means "shoe."

Early Origins of the Schiess family

The surname Schiess was first found in Bohemia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution in the development of the mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Schiess family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schiess research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1386, 1387, 1798, 1808, and 1810 are included under the topic Early Schiess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schiess Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schustern, Schustel, Shuster, Shustern, Shustel and others.

Early Notables of the Schiess family (pre 1700)

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schiess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Schiess migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schiess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Schiess, aged 29, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1850 [1]
  • Constantine Schiess, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [1]
  • Carl Schiess, who landed in Ohio in 1869 [1]
  • Charles Schiess, who arrived in Cincinnati, Oh in 1869-1870 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Schiess (post 1700) +

  • Betty Bone Schiess (1923-2017), American Episcopal priest


  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)


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