Gross Family History

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Gross Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a big man, from Middle High German groz ‘large’, ‘thick’, ‘corpulent’, German gross. The Jewish name has been Hebraicized as Gadol, from Hebrew gadol ‘large’. This name is widespread throughout central and eastern Europe, not only in German-speaking countries. English: nickname for a big man, from Middle English, Old French gros (Late Latin grossus, of Germanic origin, thus etymologically the same word as in 1 above). The English vocabulary word did not develop the sense ‘excessively fat’ until the 16th century.

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

Similar surnames: Grass, Ross, Gros, Cross, Grosh, Grose, Bross, Grosz, Gruss, Grosso

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Gross Family Origin

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Gross Family Occupations

What did your Gross ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Gross family was Farmer. Annuitant, Agricultural Labourer and Baker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gross. The most common Gross occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 5% of Gross's were Annuitants.

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  • Annuitant

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Baker

  • Farmer


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

Gross Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 321,000 census records available for the last name Gross. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gross 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 Gross. 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 102,000 military records available for the last name Gross. For the veterans among your Gross ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gross Life Expectancy

What is the average Gross lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gross life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gross in 1940 was 48, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gross 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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