Ess Family History
Ess Name Meaning
North German: topographic name for someone living on or owning land that was waterlogged or partly surrounded by water from Middle Low German es ‘swamp water’. Swiss German: from the topographic name Ess ‘grazing area pasture’. Swiss German: from a vernacular short form of the personal name Oswald . American shortened form of Dutch Van Ess .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press