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Buss Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a cooper or else a nickname for a rotund, fat man, from Middle English, Old French busse ‘cask’, ‘barrel’ (of unknown origin). The word was also used in Middle English for a type of ship, and the surname may perhaps have been given to someone who sailed in one. The byname seems to occur already in Domesday Book, where a Siward Buss, and a John and Richard Buss are recorded at Brasted in Kent. German and Swiss German: from a pet form of the personal name Burkhard (see Burkhart). Danish: variant of Buus.

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


Similar surnames: Boss, Russ, Bass, Biss, Bush, Busse, Nuss, Kuss, Buis, Huss

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Where is the Buss family from?

You can see how Buss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Buss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Buss families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 23 Buss families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 32% of all the recorded Buss's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Buss families in 1840.
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What did your Buss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Buss. 27% of Buss men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Buss women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Buss were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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
    27%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Buss. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Buss. For the veterans among your Buss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Buss lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Buss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Buss in 1940 was 36, and 75 in 2004.

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