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The surname HESS


redclover 5 | 19
16 Jul 2011 #1
Hi I am loking for family ancestors with the surname Hess from the Przemysl area.

Looking at birth, marriage and death records I have identified two family sets.

The first is Pawel Hess married to Maria Wasiewicz.

The second is Pawel Esowicz married to Maria Waysiewicz.

The records date from 1787 to 1831. I know that in that period they started writing Waysiewicz as Wasiewicz.

Can anyone tell me whether Esowicz would mean son of Es or Hess. The dates I have for the two sets of records fit together well so I wonder if they are the same family.

Thanks,

Richard.
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595
16 Jul 2011 #2
The dates I have for the two sets of records fit together well so I wonder if they are the same family.

It sounds like it might be the same family.
gumishu 12 | 6,082
16 Jul 2011 #3
Can anyone tell me whether Esowicz would mean son of Es or Hess.

yes it can and most probably it is so
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
16 Jul 2011 #4
ESOWICZ, HESOWICZ: Neitehr is currently used in Poland as far as I can determine. As for meaning, Esowicz would defintiely be a patronymic tag. Since all names starting with the letter 'e' are of foreign origin, it might have come from the German names Essmont, Esmann or Esmund. Hesowicz could have come from the German name Hess which was derived from the German region of Hessia. However. if you have both spellings in your family circle, chances are that they are simply variant spellings of the same name.
OP redclover 5 | 19
16 Jul 2011 #5
Hi,

Thanks for the replies and the explanation.

Checking through the records again, I have found that between 1802 and 1813 the name Esowicz is used, while between 1818 and 1861 the name Hess is used. As there is no overlap of names, for the moment I will go with the theory that around 1815, the usage changed from Esowicz to hess.

Checking the two cemeteries in the family village, which have burials from about 1830 to the present day, I have found 18 members of the Hess family but there are no graves with the name Esowicz.

Richard.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
16 Jul 2011 #6
Some 500 people in today's Poland sign themselves Hess. The largest single concentration (about 200) is in Górny Śląsk (Upper Silesia). But there's not a single Esowicz. The -wicz of Esowicz is definitely a Polish spelling.
David_18 68 | 982
17 Jul 2011 #7
Maybe you are related to Rudolf Hess???

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Hess
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
17 Jul 2011 #8
WAJSIEWICZ: Patronymic meaning son of Wajs (Polish respelling of German Weiss /white/). Silesia was an area of particular Germanic/Slavonic cultural and linguistic interaction and cross-fertilisation.
OP redclover 5 | 19
17 Jul 2011 #9
Hi,

The family name is Wasiewicz and one of the biggest concentrations of this name is in the Przemysl area were my family came from.

I believe in Poland, Wasiewicz means son of Wieslaw or Waclaw.

Richard.
beckski 12 | 1,617
17 Jul 2011 #10
Hi I am loking for family ancestors with the surname Hess

Within the state of California there are numerous people, with the surname Hess. I had a classmate with the last name Hess.


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