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Biss Family History

Biss Name Meaning
English and Scottish: from Middle English bis, biss(e), bice, byse ‘dingy’, ‘dark’, ‘gray’, ‘murky’; ‘dark fur used for trimming and lining garments’ (Old French bis(e), of Germanic origin), hence a nickname for someone with an unhealthy complexion or someone who habitually dressed in particularly drab garments, or (from the noun) a metonymic occupational name for a furrier or maker of fur-trimmed garments.South German: nickname for a cutting, sarcastic person, from Biss ‘bite’.

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

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Name Distribution of Biss Families

  • Number of Biss families
     15 - 27
     6 - 14
     1 - 5
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Biss families
     81 - 159
     28 - 80
     1 - 27
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Biss last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Biss Family Origin

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Biss Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Biss

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Biss Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Biss Civil War Service Records

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