History of your Surname
Get access to Biss family records.Start a free trial

Biss Family History

Biss Name Meaning

English: from Middle English bis ‘brownish or dark gray’ (Old French bis) denoting someone with a dark complexion or who wore dark clothing. South German: nickname for a cutting sarcastic person from Biss ‘bite’.

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


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

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

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 United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Biss family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Biss's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Biss families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Biss surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

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 USA 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. .

View Census Data for Biss | Data not to scale

*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
    32%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Carpenter
    5%
  • Proprietor
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
    17%
  • Maid
    11%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Secretary
    7%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Biss family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Biss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Biss census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Biss

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.

View all Biss immigration records

Draft Cards

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.

View all Biss military records

You've only scratched the surface of Biss family history

Discover More

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Biss

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Biss family tree

Explore Your Tree

Browse profiles of historical people with the Biss last name

Search for another surname
Enter last name/surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial