The Dreifuss Name

Over the years many people have mentioned how hard it is to spell our name: Dreifuss. Many have suggested we even change the name of our company to something easier to spell for our potential customers.

That sounds easy! But let’s go back in history a bit before we take that leap.

According to houseofnames, the meaning of Dreifuss: The surname, which was originally derived from the German word drivuoss, which means a tripod or a cooking pot with three legs, was also applied to a person who “stands for” everything or was tolerant.

According to Ancestry the Dreifuss name can be found on census cards in Pennsylvania all the way back in 1759.

Unfortunately, many of the family records were lost due to natural disaster and sickness, the family moving to new locations, and the simple passage of time.

What disasters could cause such a thing you might ask?

Pennsylvania Disasters

Pennsylvania has seen its share of hardships over the years. It was rough country before the big cities came and after they were established, it didn’t get any easier.

Between 1918-1919 The Spanish Influenza Epidemic devastated the state after a Navy ship traveling from Boston docked in Philadelphia. In the United States, 350,000 cases of Spanish Influenza were reported, with 150,000 of them coming from Philadelphia.

In 1936, two massive floods swallowed the state with the first on March 10th raising the water level to 14 feet. Followed closely on March 17th and 18th bringing the water level to 46 feet destroying 100,000 buildings and killing 69 people and injuring another 500.