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Bross Name Meaning

German: from a reduced form of the Latin personal name Ambrosius (see Ambrose). German: from Middle High German brossen ‘to sprout or bud’, hence an affectionate nickname for a young son. Compare Brotz. Eastern German: from the Slavic personal name Prus, related to German Preusse ‘Prussian’.

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


Similar surnames: Ross, Gross, Brass, Boss, Bloss, Bruss, Brose, Brosz, Cross, Brost

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Where is the Bross family from?

You can see how Bross families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bross family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bross families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 15 Bross families living in New York. This was about 38% of all the recorded Bross's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bross families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bross surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bross ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bross. 19% of Bross men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Bross women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bross were Truck Driver and Housework.

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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
    19%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Housework
    7%
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Bross. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bross census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bross. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Bross. For the veterans among your Bross ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bross lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Bross life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Bross in 1944 was 25, and 76 in 2004.

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