Joss is a Swiss surname. Until 1861, holders of this surname were citizens only of the following places in Canton Bern: Arni, Hasle bei Burgdorf, Kirchlindach, Konolfingen, Muri bei Bern, Oberburg, Worb, and Zollikofen. Source:Swiss Surnames: A Complete Register A prominent Joss led a group emigration to Holmes County, Ohio, in the early 1800s -- need to find name and title, his story is very detailed and fascinating. --Hh219 21:31, 16 April 2007 (MDT)