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Bruss Family History

Bruss Name Meaning

German (Brüss): from a short form of the medieval personal name Ambrosius (see Ambrose). Perhaps an altered spelling of Slavic Brus or French Brousse (see Brouse).

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


Similar surnames: Bruse, Brus, Russ, Bross, Buss, Gruss, Boss, Bruns, Brass, Brush

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Where is the Bruss family from?

You can see how Bruss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bruss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bruss families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Bruss families living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Bruss's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Bruss families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bruss surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bruss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bruss. 22% of Bruss men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Bruss women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bruss were Manager and Clerk.

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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
    22%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Manager
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    16%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Clerk
    9%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Bruss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bruss 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 Bruss. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Bruss. For the veterans among your Bruss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bruss lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Bruss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bruss in 1947 was 46, and 78 in 2004.

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