Bliss Family History

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Bliss Name Meaning

English: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English blisse ‘joy’. Compare Blythe 1. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from the village of Blay in Calvados, France, recorded in 1077 in the form Bleis and of unknown origin. The village of Stoke Bliss in Worcestershire was named after a Norman family de Blez, recorded several times in the county from the 13th century. German: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle High German blide ‘happy’, ‘friendly’. Compare 1. Americanized spelling of French Blois.

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

Similar surnames: Biss, Blass, Bloss, Weiss, Brass, Bligh, Bias, Bayliss, Bess, Niss

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Bliss Family Origin

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Bliss Family Occupations

What did your Bliss ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Farm Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bliss. The most common Bliss occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Bliss's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Bliss family was Butcher.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farm Labourer

  • Butcher


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Bliss Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 148,000 census records available for the last name Bliss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bliss 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Bliss. 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 32,000 military records available for the last name Bliss. For the veterans among your Bliss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bliss Life Expectancy

What is the average Bliss lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bliss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bliss in 1943 was 50, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bliss 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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