Bobbi and others,
Yes, many poeple leaving Germany (Prussia), Flanders, France and Switzerland in the early 1600s through the early 1800s would have sailed from Rotterdam and elsewhere in Holland, so the port city and ship record may not indicate their place of Origin. So many people from central Europe (especially if they left their old country because of religious persecution) entered Holland and came to America from there.
I can not say if the surname "Yoes" is a variation, but after having some confusion over the historical spelling of my Eusey/Jusi family and given the phonetic similarity of "Yoes" with a couple known variations ("Youse" and "Yausi"), I thought I would mention the following:
My great grandmother Lola Delight was a "Eusey"; her family lived in Ohio and Indiana. Her grandfather, Samuel, spelled his name "Jusi" and his brother, Johannes, was the first of our family to change the spelling to "Eusey" in Indiana. They came from Switzerland to America in the 1820s and 1830s with a couple more siblings.
We have had some relation travel back to Switzerland over the years and correspond with "cousins" there. Neither they nor we knew of any other family with a surname similar in sound or spelling.
Our "Jusi" (some places "Jussi", "Jusy", and even "Yaussi") family of Switzerland is from the Canton of Bern (not the city of Bern) and seated in the town of Aeschi, district of Frutigen in the Thun Valley. There are a few Jusi people living there still and in the nearby town of Riechenbach. The Canton of Bern is german-speaking, and predominantly Swiss-Reform (my Euseys are all Lutheran) in religion.
Hope that might help someone to find their roots! I have a little information on my family in America and the parents and siblings who stayed is Swizerland.
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