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Bliss Name Meaning

English: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English blisse ‘joy’. Compare Blythe 1. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from the village of Blay in Calvados, France, recorded in 1077 in the form Bleis and of unknown origin. The village of Stoke Bliss in Worcestershire was named after a Norman family de Blez, recorded several times in the county from the 13th century. German: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle High German blide ‘happy’, ‘friendly’. Compare 1. Americanized spelling of French Blois.

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

Similar surnames: Biss, Blass, Bloss, Weiss, Brass, Bligh, Bias, Bayliss, Bess, Niss

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Where is the Bliss family from?

You can see how Bliss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bliss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bliss families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 182 Bliss families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Bliss's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bliss families in 1840.
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What did your Bliss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bliss. 13% of Bliss men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Bliss women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bliss were Clerk 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
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Bliss. 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 32,000 military records available for the last name Bliss. For the veterans among your Bliss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bliss lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bliss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bliss in 1943 was 50, and 75 in 2004.

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