As with many Austrian
family names, the distinguished surname Soeth is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
were the patronymic
surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Austrian
and German patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is ez. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The name Soeth is derived from the Germanic personal name
Süss, meaning "sweet."
Early Origins of the Soeth family
The surname Soeth was first found in the regions of southern Austria
, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many lines of the same house founded different branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their contributions to society.
Early History of the Soeth family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Soeth research.Another 262 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1698, 1738, and 1815 are included under the topic Early Soeth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Soeth Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Soeth include Suess, Suss, Sues, Soeth (northern Germany) and many more.
Early Notables of the Soeth family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Soeth were Josef Suess (1698-1738), who was the financial aide to Duke Carl Alexander of Wuerttemberg. Suess amassed a fortune in the Duke's service, but after the Duke's death was... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Soeth Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Soeth family to the New World and Oceana
After the First World War, Austria
became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany
or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Soeth were Balthasar Suess, who settled in America in 1737;Johannes Suss, who came to Philadelphia in 1740; Johan Jost Susser, whose oath of Allegicance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1754.
Contemporary Notables of the name Soeth (post 1700)
- Max M. Soeth, American Republican politician, Member of Iowa State House of Representatives from Emmet County; Elected 1950 CITATION[CLOSE]
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