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Boss Family History

Boss Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from the Old French personal name Bos from ancient Germanic Boso based on the element bōs ‘bad evil wild angry’. English: nickname for a hunchback from Middle English Old French boce bos ‘protuberance swelling’ (compare Bossard ). German (also Böss): from a short form of the personal name Borkhart a variant of Burkhart . This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). Possibly also an Americanized form of South German Bös (see Bos ). Danish: variant of Buus . Americanized form of French Bourgeois .

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


Similar surnames: Bosse, Buss, Ross, Bos, Oss, Koss, Foss, Bost, Bess, Bass

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Where is the Boss family from?

You can see how Boss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boss families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 47 Boss families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Boss's in USA. New York had the highest population of Boss families in 1840.
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What did your Boss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Boss. 17% of Boss men worked as a Farmer and 6% of Boss women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boss were Clerk and Teacher. .

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Waitress
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Boss. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Boss. For the veterans among your Boss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Boss lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Boss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Boss in 1944 was 62, and 75 in 2004.

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