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Bass Name Meaning

English: from Old French bas(se) ‘low’, ‘short’ (Latin bassus ‘thickset’; see Basso), either a descriptive nickname for a short person or a status name meaning ‘of humble origin’, not necessarily with derogatory connotations. English: in some instances, from Middle English bace ‘bass’ (the fish), hence a nickname for a person supposedly resembling this fish, or a metonymic occupational name for a fish seller or fisherman. Scottish: habitational name from a place in Aberdeenshire, of uncertain origin. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a maker or player of bass viols, from Polish, Ukrainian, and Yiddish bas ‘bass viol’. German: see Basse.

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

Similar surnames: Vass, Biss, Pass, Buss, Wass, Fass, Basa, Bast, Lass, Boss

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Where is the Bass family from?

You can see how Bass families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bass family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bass families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 104 Bass families living in North Carolina. This was about 19% of all the recorded Bass's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Bass families in 1840.
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What did your Bass ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bass. 19% of Bass men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Bass women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bass were Farming and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Bass. 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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Draft Cards

There are 51,000 military records available for the last name Bass. For the veterans among your Bass ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bass lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bass life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Bass in 1943 was 28, and 73 in 2004.

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