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Jewish or not?

Howard Schloss (View posts)
Posted: 18 Dec 2000 6:15AM GMT
Can anyone confirm whether or not the Schloss name is in fact Jewish and it's exact (or close to exact as possible) to it's origin in Germany?

I had a conversation with a work associate once who suggested it could be 'Jewish.' I am a descendant of an Ernest Schloss, Sr. who migrated to the island of Jamaica during the second world war. Not sure if he was a soldier though I've heard this is a strong possibility. Also, it is rumored he was originally named BEschloss but dropped the first two letters while in Jamaica.

Eager to learn more. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Laurie (View posts)
Posted: 9 Mar 2001 1:21AM GMT
You wanted to know if the name "Schloss" is Jewish. Well, my paternal grandfather's name was Joseph Schloss, and he immigrated her from Romania, and he was Jewish. But I don't know if everyone with that name is Jewish, since it's a German word meaning "castle."

Origin of the name Schloss

H. Schloss (View posts)
Posted: 15 Mar 2001 2:09PM GMT
Laurie:

Thank you for your response to my question about the origin of the name 'Schloss.' I am grateful for the info.

H. Schloss

Schloss: jewish or not

Ligeia Fontaine (View posts)
Posted: 23 May 2001 11:59AM GMT
I was born Schloss. Our family, which was Jewish, moved to Belgium in the late 19th century from Germany (Furth). The name Schloss was possibly derived from Schlussel, which means, I believe, keys. This suggests the Jews who kept the keys--so-called "court Jews." However, since Schloss is obviously not Hebrew, this name must have substituted for an original Hebrew name . . . as did so many so-called Jewish names.

The origin of the name Schloss

Howard Schloss (View posts)
Posted: 25 May 2001 6:43AM GMT
Ligeia Fontaine:
Thank you for taking the time to share your insight on the origin of the Schloss name. It is always intriguing to learn something new. For a person, like me, who know next to nothing about the history of my ancestors, I welcome anything new one may be inclined to disclose. It is invaluable to me. Again, my gratitude.

Re: The origin of the name Schloss

Posted: 24 Jun 2007 7:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Schloss, Lang, Cassel, Waxelbaum
My Schloss family is Jewish though I do not know if it is a strictly Jewish name or not. I want to say that the majority of Schloss' are Jewish or of Jewish origin. Traditionally, from my knowledge, especially in the Germany area, there are not too many surnames that Jews used that were non-Jewish surnames also. The surname, traditionally, was one of the ways to tell if the person was Jewish or not. This is to the best of my knowledge and I am in no way an expert in these matters, hope this helps.

David

Re: The origin of the name Schloss

Posted: 28 Jun 2007 1:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Schloss, Schlussel, Castle, Loew, Loeb
I have found Jewish Schloss families in Frankfort and Furth/Nuremburg, and one later in Berlin. (Of course, the name is now all over the world.) I agree with David, and can't say that I've come across non-Jews with that name.
In Frankfort the name was sometimes Schloss im Schlussel (or variants) meaning Lock and Keys (i.e., having some function like treasurers in the banks and exchange houses in Frankfort's Judengasse businesses in the 18th century and earlier.) Schloss can also mean castle (possibly by extension--i.e., castles are locked, safe places)and there are people named Castle whose ancestors' original name was Schloss. In addition, there are Loebs (or Lobs or Lowes, etc.) who also are Schloss. (I have an ancestor Judah ben Eliezer Loeb who was also known as Loew Lazarus Schloss. ) I think one can say that this is a name with a colorful and interesting history!

Re: The origin of the name Schloss

Posted: 30 Jun 2007 9:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
Well, I'm a Schloss, too, and the last of my family generation that is still alive. I've been working on my family tree for 56 years now, and for what it is worth, here is what I found.

Many Schloss' are Jewish and descended from Jewish parents. The majority of those that are not Jewish are Catholic, some are other protestant religions. Some non-Jews are from intermarriage, some chose to convert, some from long-ago forced or voluntary conversions in Germany - in order to facilitate their survival.

Many Schloss' in Germany and The Czech & Slovak Republics perished in the Nazi Holocost. Fortunately for my family, my Schloss ancestors came to the US prior to the Civil War.

Chuck

Re: The origin of the name Schloss

Posted: 1 Jan 2008 12:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Schloss
Hello,

I'm trying to find information on a Jewish friend's ancestor, Leopold Schloss, who was born in Bavaria (a more exact place name isn't available) in ca. 1839 and emigrated to New York in the 1850s.

Have you encountered the name Leopold Schloss in your records for Nürnberg/Fürth?

Many thanks,
John Hunt

Re: The origin of the name Schloss

Posted: 1 Jan 2008 12:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Schloss
Hello,

I'm trying to find information on a Jewish friend's ancestor, Leopold Schloss, who was born in Bavaria (a more exact place name isn't available) in ca. 1839 and emigrated to New York in the 1850s.

Have you encountered the name Leopold Schloss in your records for Nürnberg/Fürth?

Many thanks,
John Hunt
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