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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  • Blacksmith

    20%
  • Laborer

    20%
  • Miner

    20%
  • Printer

    20%

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Oss family was Printer. The most common Oss occupation in the USA was Blacksmith. 20% of Oss's were Blacksmiths. Blacksmith, Laborer and Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Oss.

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Oss Life Expectancy

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Between 1963 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Oss

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