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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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Where is the Foss family from?

You can see how Foss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Foss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Foss families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 113 Foss families living in London. This was about 19% of all the recorded Foss's in the UK. London had the highest population of Foss families in 1891.
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What did your Foss ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Foss. 15% of Foss men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Foss women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Foss were Cowman and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Incapacitated
  • Cowman

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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