Cross Family History

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Cross Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a stone cross set up by the roadside or in a marketplace, from Old Norse kross (via Gaelic from Latin crux, genitive crucis), which in Middle English quickly and comprehensively displaced the Old English form cruc (see Crouch). In a few cases the surname may have been given originally to someone who lived by a crossroads, but this sense of the word seems to have been a comparatively late development. In other cases, the surname (and its European cognates) may have denoted someone who carried the cross in processions of the Christian Church, but in English at least the usual word for this sense was Crozier. Irish: reduced form of McCrossen. In North America this name has absorbed examples of cognate names from other languages, such as French Lacroix.

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

Similar surnames: Ross, Gross, Croce, Bross, Crose, Croes, Crass, Cressy, Boss, Crosse

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Cross Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cross name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Cross Family Origin

Where is the Cross family from?

Cross Family Occupations

What did your Cross ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Cross family was Coal Miner. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cross. The most common Cross occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Cross's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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

Cross Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 730,000 census records available for the last name Cross. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cross 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 66,000 immigration records available for the last name Cross. 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 147,000 military records available for the last name Cross. For the veterans among your Cross ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cross Life Expectancy

What is the average Cross lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Cross life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Cross in 1940 was 52, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cross 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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