It always puzzled me, where is my last name from?
I have no clue, since I have never seen encountered my last name anywhere else.
We come from Poland. Our family supposedly comes from around Düsseldorf.
But is this last name German?
Or did they move there from somewhere else?
The topic of my family's origins is a taboo at my house, so I don't know much, but here's what I know
One of my ancestors, Aleksander Jess, died during the Nazi times in Nazi Germany. I have seen the death certificate once. No, there's no way I can possibly post the picture. Why? As I have said, it's a huge taboo at my house. I'd have to ask somebody where is it.
Edward Teofil Jess, was born on 05.03.1889 (European way of writing down the date) in Kalisz, Poland. He was the son of Krzysztof Jess and Zofia from the house Neumann. He studied in Petersburg and in Warsaw, at the University of Technology. He fought in the WWI, the Polish-Soviet war (1919-1921) and the World War II. He had a wife and a daughter, Zofia.
He died in Katyn, in 1940:
"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVVJ-M4S1 : 13 December 2015), Edward Teofil Jess, ; Burial, Smolensk, , Smolensk Oblast, Russian Federation, Katyn Forest Massacre Site (1940); citing record ID 22365517, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.