Joos Family History

Home of Raymond and Bertha (Fox) Joos taken around 1920

The short story: The name Joos comes from a monk that lived in 669. (After his death, he was made a saint.) As was custom at the time, many people named their children after favorite saints. And a few hundred years after that, when surnames were tacked on to better identify people, first names often became the family's last names. And so, Joos (or the original spelling of it) -- lead to our family's last name.

Ray and Bertha (Fox) Joos wedding day 1920s

Ray Joos (left) Bertha Fox-Joos (right)

Ray Joos and Marcella (seated on horse), Clem and Laura Joos standing

The Joos "boys" from @1950 and then recreated in 2005 From left clockwise, Carl, John, Harold, Earl (sitting on the ground) and Nick - on Wagon Larry, son of John Joos

Here's the long version with background on the saint:

The name Joos, emerged in the 13th century independently at several place in Europe and in Germany as well (Joos, Jos, Joss, Joser), in the Netherlands (Joos), in France (Josse). It deduces from the Saint Jodocus which was a Prince in the Bretagne in France in the 7th century who had renounced to become King of Bretagne in favor of becoming a monch.

St. Jodoc (Jodocus or Josse) the Confessor who lived in A.D. 669 in Runiac, now called Villers-saint-Josse, near the mouth of the river Canche in France. (His hermitage stands near the sea, in the diocese of Amiens, follows the order of St. Bennet, and the abbot enjoys the privileges of count. It is called St. Josse-sur-mer.)

European derivations on the name:
Joflt, Joszt, Joost, Josd
Joster, Jostes, Josten, Joosten, Joste, Jostad, Josta,
Jostler, Jostlen
Jostain, Jostein, Jostin, Josti, Josting, Jostyn,
Jostlin, Jostsen, Jostedalen,
Jos, Joos, Jooss, Joosse,
Joss, Josse, Josseler, Josslin, Josslyn, Josselin,
Jobst, Just, Justh, Joust, Justen.

If the name JOST would be of patronymic origin, that is, it belongs to the category of surnames derived from the first name of the initial bearer indicating the shortened Christian name of Jodokus, one would have to expect an almost even distribution of this very surname all over Germany, as can be seen with names such as Fritz (Friedrich), Marx (Markus), Berndt (Bernhard).

If the surname JOST would be of a local origin indicating a town's name one has to assume, wherever JOST was added as an epithet (super added name), e.g. Johann von St.Jost, the name was passed onto his sons and families, which would have been distinguished from others most easily. These families first developed and spreat only in the close vicinity of this very nucleus. Emigrations into other towns or even other German States would then have resulted in some kind of star-shaped pattern of distribution with a distinct center. The number of JOST families in Germany originally might have been small corresponding to the small numbers of parishes and places of pilgrimage having JOST or JODOKUS as their Saint. Results so far indicate only two ancient St.Jost parishes in Germany, one in the village of St.Jost near Mayen (Eifel, Palatinate), the other in Marburg in Hesse. In Switzerland there are also a few St.Jost churches, one in Blatten near Luzern, St. Jost zu Baldegg, St.Jost in Duggingen near Basel, and St. Jost/Ibergeregg.

This particular site is going to be geared for those decendants of Raymond Joos whom with Bertha (Fox) Joos had 7 children and lived in the Lancaster, Ohio area.

More Photos below!

Holstein cattle on the Joos farm (left) Carl and Nick Joos in 1956 (right)

Yep they raised hogs also. York Hamp crosses. 18 sows


Bertha (Fox) Joos 1911

1935 Farm truck with Nick Joos driving and John Joos stacking hay


Ray Joos (corner of wagon), Harold, Earl, Nick and Carl Joos.. 1950? Becks Knob in background

Eileen Joos (Zuber), Carl, Nick and Earl Joos.

Ray Joos and Ursula Joos (Eckard)

Bertha Fox Joos front, Ray Joos top of hay pile right and his brothers Clement and Merle Joos