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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

Similar surnames: Bass, Buss, Bise, Kiss, Bliss, Boss, Best, Diss, Bick, Bies

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Where is the Biss family from?

You can see how Biss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Biss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Biss families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Biss family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Biss's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Biss families in 1840.
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What did your Biss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Biss. 32% of Biss men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Biss women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Biss were Proprietor and Secretary.

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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
  • Carpenter
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Secretary
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Biss. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Biss. For the veterans among your Biss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Biss lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Biss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Biss in 1950 was 51, and 88 in 2004.

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