Siss is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The Siss family lived in Gloucestershire
, at the manor of Siston,
from whence their name was derived.
Early Origins of the Siss family
The surname Siss was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Siston, held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
, a survey of England
taken by Duke William of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in Hastings in 1066 A.D. In this survey the village of Siston was held by Roger de Berkeley. Conjecturally they were descended from Roger, and as it was the tradition of Norman families, the second or third son usually adopted the name of his manor or lands.
Early History of the Siss family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Siss research.Another 186 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1661, 1690, 1720, 1749, and 1783 are included under the topic Early Siss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Siss Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Siston, Sistons, Syston, Sistun, Systun, Sisson, Sissons, Sysun, Sisun, Sissun, Sison, Sisons, Syson, Sysson, Session, Sesion and many more.
Early Notables of the Siss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Siss family to Ireland
Some of the Siss family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 93 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Siss family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Siss name or one of its variants: George Sisson, who immigrated to Rhode Island in 1635; William Sisson, who came to Maryland in 1774; R. Sisson, who arrived in New York State in 1823.
Contemporary Notables of the name Siss (post 1700)
- Solomon Siss, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 12th District, 1934 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html