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The Woss family name emerged in Pomerania, a territory of Germany and a maritime province of Prussia. Pomerania was bounded on the south by Brandenburg, on the west by Mecklenburg, and on the east by Poland. During the 5th century, Pomerania was settled by Pommern, who were a Slavic tribe. Pommern, meaning on the sea, became the name of this region during the reign of the Charlemagne.

Early Origins of the Woss family


The surname Woss was first found in Mecklenburg and Pomerania, where this old family name was associated with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs. Chronicles first mention the knight Johann Vossing of Stravenhaven in Mecklenburg around 1260, and the knight Johann Voss was an advisor to Prince Nicolaus von Werle. Hamburg chronicles first mention Heyno Vosseke in 1300.

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Early History of the Woss family

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Early History of the Woss family


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Another 509 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1800, 1729, 1814, 1840, 1786, 1603, 1676, 1606, 1659, 1661, 1734, 1660 and 1741 are included under the topic Early Woss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Woss Spelling Variations

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Woss Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Voss, Vos, Voess, Voessgen (North-Rhine), Vossen (North-Rhine), Vossius (Latin), Vossing, Voessing, Voeske (Hamburg), Vossek and many more.

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Early Notables of the Woss family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Woss family (pre 1700)


Prominent bearers of the name Woss at this time were Simon de Vos (1603-1676), a Flemish Baroque painter of genre and cabinet pictures; Vinzenz Fux (c.1606-1659), German organist and composer at the church Maria am Gestade in Vienna...
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Migration of the Woss family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Woss family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Hans Vos, who came to New York City in 1642. Arnold Vossen came to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1703; while Adriana, Civilia, and Maria Vossen arrived there in 1708. Bartholomaus Voss came to Philadelphia in 1749.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woss (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Woss (post 1700)


  • Nelson Woss, Australian film producer, best known for the feature films Red Dog and Ned Kelly

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