Buss Family History

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Buss Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a cooper or else a nickname for a rotund, fat man, from Middle English, Old French busse ‘cask’, ‘barrel’ (of unknown origin). The word was also used in Middle English for a type of ship, and the surname may perhaps have been given to someone who sailed in one. The byname seems to occur already in Domesday Book, where a Siward Buss, and a John and Richard Buss are recorded at Brasted in Kent. German and Swiss German: from a pet form of the personal name Burkhard (see Burkhart). Danish: variant of Buus.

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

Similar surnames: Boss, Russ, Bass, Biss, Bush, Busse, Nuss, Kuss, Buis, Huss

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Buss Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Buss. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Sweden


  • Norway


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Buss Family Origin

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Buss Family Occupations

What did your Buss ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Buss occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 9% of Buss's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Buss. A less common occupation for the Buss family was Carpenter.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Carpenter


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Buss Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name Buss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Buss 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Buss. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Buss. For the veterans among your Buss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Buss Life Expectancy

What is the average Buss lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Buss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Buss in 1940 was 36, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Buss 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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