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Foss Family History

Foss Name Meaning
English: variant spelling of Fosse.Danish: from fos, vos ‘fox’; a nickname for a sly or cunning person or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a fox.Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead so named from Old Norse fors ‘waterfall’, examples of which are found throughout Norway.Altered spelling of German Voss or the Dutch cognate Vos.

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

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126,206 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
16,893 Military Records
11,220 Immigration Records
90,267 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Foss Families

  • Number of Foss families
     164 - 326
     55 - 163
     1 - 54
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Foss families
     58 - 113
     20 - 57
     1 - 19
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Foss families
     8 - 13
     3 - 7
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Foss census records

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Foss Family Origin

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Foss Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Foss

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Foss Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Foss census records

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Foss Civil War Service Records

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