The Meiss Family

One claim is that the surname Meiss comes from a German word meaing 'felling area', 'felled timber', another is that the name is related to Maus, indicating a mouse catcher or perhaps someone resembling a mouse.

My branch of the family pronounces the name with a long 'e' sound, in the French manner. My grandfather always said that our ancestors came from Alsace-Lorraine when it was under French rule.

Meisses on the Web:

Places Named after Meisses

Meiss Family Arms

Meiss Arms

I got this from Bernd-Christian Meiss in Rastede, Germany, who tells me that there are many Meisses there. I have no idea of the meaning or significance of the symbols here. Anyone who does know, do let me know:

last updated 12/28/17