Moss Family History

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Moss Name Meaning

English and Welsh: from the personal name Moss, a Middle English vernacular form of the Biblical name Moses. English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived by a peat bog, Middle English, Old English mos, or a habitational name from a place named with this word. (It was not until later that the vocabulary word came to denote the class of plants characteristic of a peat-bog habitat, under the influence of the related Old Norse word mosi.) Americanized form of Moses or some other like-sounding Jewish surname. Irish (Ulster): part translation of Gaelic Ó Maolmhóna ‘descendant of Maolmhóna’, a personal name composed of the elements maol ‘servant’, ‘tonsured one’, ‘devotee’ + a second element which was assumed to be móin (genitive móna) ‘moorland’, ‘peat bog’.

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

Similar surnames: Ross, Most, Moses, Koss, Mose, Oss, Loss, Moes, Moos, Foss

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Moss Family Origin

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Moss Family Occupations

What did your Moss ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Moss occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 3% of Moss's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Moss. A less common occupation for the Moss family was Coal Miner.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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Moss Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 624,000 census records available for the last name Moss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Moss 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 60,000 immigration records available for the last name Moss. 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 81,000 military records available for the last name Moss. For the veterans among your Moss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Moss Life Expectancy

What is the average Moss lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Moss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Moss in 1940 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

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