Biss Family History

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Biss Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from Middle English bis, biss(e), bice, byse ‘dingy’, ‘dark’, ‘gray’, ‘murky’; ‘dark fur used for trimming and lining garments’ (Old French bis(e), of Germanic origin), hence a nickname for someone with an unhealthy complexion or someone who habitually dressed in particularly drab garments, or (from the noun) a metonymic occupational name for a furrier or maker of fur-trimmed garments. South German: nickname for a cutting, sarcastic person, from Biss ‘bite’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Bass, Buss, Bise, Kiss, Bliss, Boss, Best, Diss, Bick, Bies

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Biss Family Origin

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Biss Family Occupations

What did your Biss ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Biss occupation in the UK was (Ag) Labourer. 4% of Biss's were (Ag) Labourers. A less common occupation for the Biss family was Agricultural Labourer. (Ag) Labourer, Carpenter and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Biss.

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  • (Ag) Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Biss ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Biss Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Biss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Biss census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Biss. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Biss. For the veterans among your Biss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Biss Life Expectancy

What is the average Biss lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Biss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Biss in 1950 was 51, and 88 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Biss

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Biss ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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