Vincent, I was born in the UK (1945) and know the Nattress/riss/rass history quite well. This name, as far as our research is concerned is originally of Norwegian origin, with the original spelling being Anattresson, (roughly translated "son of the night navivator - "natt" being night, "ress" is way or path, in current Norwegian).
My family traces it line directly back to the early 1500's to the north east of UK (Durham, Northumberland, Cumbria, Yorkshire)where we were tenent farmers on the Lord Chaytor Estate near Croft, N. Yorkshire.
I'm very convinced that all the Nattres' names come from this Norwegian lineage, and after visits to Bergen and Stavager this summer I am even more convinced. On top of all this our family photo's look like ex-Vikings (Norwegians on the street today)
As far as the connection to your branch, I will review the ancestors again and see if the names work at all.
Please stay in touch, my regards to Calif.
William Hugh Nattress
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