Oss Name Meaning

North German: from Low German oss ‘ox’, hence a nickname for a farmer or a stupid person, or in some cases a habitational name for someone living at a house or inn distinguished by the sign of an ox. South German (especially southern Bavaria (Allgäu)): from a short form of the personal name Oswald. Dutch (van Oss): habitational name from Oss in North Brabant. Probably an Americanized form of any of a number of common Norwegian habitational names from farmsteads named with Old Norse áss ‘hill’, ‘ridge’ (see Aas).

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

Similar surnames: Ross, Foss, Koss, Ose, Moss, Ost, Oas, Loss, Boss, Noss

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Oss Family Origin

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Oss Family Occupations

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In 1939, Contructors Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Oss. 50% of Oss men worked as a Contructors Labourer and 75% of Oss women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oss were Steel Plate Straughtener and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Contructors Labourer
  • Steel Plate Straughtener

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic

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Oss Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Oss Life Expectancy

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Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Oss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Oss in 1963 was 86, and 80 in 2004.

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