Fosse Family History

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Fosse Name Meaning

English and French: habitational name from any of the various minor places named with Old English foss ‘ditch’ (Latin fossa). The Old English word did not survive into the period when surnames were acquired, so it is unlikely to be a topographic name, unless it is from the Old French cognate fosse. The reference may be to the Roman road Fosse Way, itself named in the Old English period from the ditch that ran alongside it, or to the river Foss in Yorkshire. Norwegian: habitational name from any of the fifteen west-coast farmsteads so named, from the dative form of foss ‘waterfall’ (from Old Norse fors).

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

Similar surnames: Foss, Fossen, Fossey, Force, Gosse, Cosse, Bosse, Fiske, Forde, Fors

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Fosse Family Origin

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Fosse Family Occupations

What did your Fosse ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricl Labourer, Agricultural Labourer and Chemist were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fosse. The most common Fosse occupation in the UK was Agricl Labourer. 10% of Fosse's were Agricl Labourers. A less common occupation for the Fosse family was Commercial Pottery Agent.

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  • Agricl Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Chemist

  • Commercial Pottery Agent


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Fosse Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Fosse. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fosse 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Fosse. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Fosse. For the veterans among your Fosse ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fosse Life Expectancy

What is the average Fosse lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Fosse life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Fosse in 1962 was 70, and 81 in 2004.

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