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

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%
  • Farmer

    3%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Coal Miner

    2%

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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Between 1940 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Moss

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