Hess Family History
Hess Name Meaning
German Dutch Danish and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone from the territory of Hesse (see Hessen ). South German: from a short form of the personal name Matthäus (see Matthew ). German and Dutch: from the ancient Germanic personal name Hesso a derivative of a compound name formed with hadu ‘strife’ as the first element or from a pet form of Herman or Hendrik (see Henry ).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press