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Gross Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a big man from Middle High German grōz ‘large corpulent’ German gross. This surname is also established in some other parts of Europe most notably in France (Alsace and Lorraine). In Poland Czechia Slovakia Slovenia and Croatia it is also found (in Slovenia almost exclusively) in the Slavicized form Gros (see also 3 below). The Jewish name has been Hebraicized as Gadol . English: descriptive nickname for a big man from Middle English gros grosse groce ’large; heavy’ also meaning ‘simple plain’ from Old French gros ‘big fat’ (from Latin grossus ‘thick’) a word of ancient Germanic origin thus etymologically the same word as in 1 above. Germanized or Americanized form of Slovenian Polish Croatian or other Slavic Gros itself of German origin (see 1 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Grass, Ross, Gros, Cross, Grosh, Grose, Bross, Grosz, Gruss, Grosso

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Where is the Gross family from?

You can see how Gross families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gross family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gross families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 205 Gross families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 34% of all the recorded Gross's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gross families in 1840.
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What did your Gross ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gross. 13% of Gross men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Gross women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gross were Clerk and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Maid
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Passenger Lists

There are 66,000 immigration records available for the last name Gross. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 102,000 military records available for the last name Gross. For the veterans among your Gross ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gross lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gross life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gross in 1940 was 48, and 77 in 2004.

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