Suess History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

As with many Austrian family names, the distinguished surname Suess is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Austria 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 Suess is derived from the Germanic personal name Süss, meaning "sweet."

Early Origins of the Suess family

The surname Suess 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 Suess family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Suess research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1698, 1738, and 1815 are included under the topic Early Suess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Suess 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 Suess include Suess, Suss, Sues, Soeth (northern Germany) and many more.

Early Notables of the Suess family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Suess 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...
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United States Suess migration to the United States +

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 Suess were

Suess Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Balthasar Suess, who settled in America in 1737
  • Georg Suess, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1771
Suess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Suess, who landed in Schuyler County, Illinois in 1853 [1]
  • Catharine Suess, who arrived in New York, NY in 1854
  • August Suess, who arrived in America in 1871 [1]
  • Philip Suess, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1873 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Suess (post 1700) +

  • Hans Eduard Suess (b. 1909), American geochemist, member of the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington (1951-55)
  • Eduard Suess (1831-1914), English geologist, eponym of the Suess crater on the Moon and a crater on Mars

  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) on Facebook