Fossum Family History

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Fossum Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead so named, especially in eastern Norway. The farm name, Forsheimr in Old Norse, is composed of the elements fors ‘waterfall’ + heimr ‘homestead’.

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


Similar surnames: Foss, Fosse, Fossen, Rossum, Wassum, Roisum, Folsom, Bossom, Ottum

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Fossum Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fossum name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    32%

  • Norway

    25%

  • Germanic Europe

    13%

  • Sweden

    10%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    8%

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Fossum Family Origin

Where is the Fossum family from?

Fossum Family Occupations

What did your Fossum ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Fossum family was Works On Farm. Farmer, Keeping House and Ship Captain were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fossum. The most common Fossum occupation in the USA was Farmer. 75% of Fossum's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    75%
  • Keeping House

    8%
  • Ship Captain

    8%
  • Works On Farm

    8%

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

Fossum Historical Records

What Fossum family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Fossum. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fossum 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Fossum. 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 Fossum. For the veterans among your Fossum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fossum Life Expectancy

What is the average Fossum lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Fossum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Fossum in 1952 was 38, and 82 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fossum 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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