Foss Family History

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Foss Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Fosse. Danish: from fos, vos ‘fox’; a nickname for a sly or cunning person or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a fox. Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead so named from Old Norse fors ‘waterfall’, examples of which are found throughout Norway. Altered spelling of German Voss or the Dutch cognate Vos.

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

Similar surnames: Oss, Fosse, Ross, Koss, Boss, Noss, Moss, Fors, Doss, Loss

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Foss Family Origin

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Foss Family Occupations

What did your Foss ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Foss family was Farm Labourer. The most common Foss occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Foss's were Farmers. Farmer, Fisherman and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Foss.

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  • Farmer

  • Fisherman

  • Blacksmith

  • Farm Labourer


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

Foss Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 92,000 census records available for the last name Foss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Foss 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Foss. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Foss. For the veterans among your Foss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Foss Life Expectancy

What is the average Foss lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Foss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Foss in 1943 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Foss 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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