Cross Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a stone cross set up by the roadside or in a marketplace, from Old Norse kross (via Gaelic from Latin crux, genitive crucis), which in Middle English quickly and comprehensively displaced the Old English form cruc (see Crouch). In a few cases the surname may have been given originally to someone who lived by a crossroads, but this sense of the word seems to have been a comparatively late development. In other cases, the surname (and its European cognates) may have denoted someone who carried the cross in processions of the Christian Church, but in English at least the usual word for this sense was Crozier. Irish: reduced form of McCrossen. In North America this name has absorbed examples of cognate names from other languages, such as French Lacroix.

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


Similar surnames: Ross, Gross, Croce, Bross, Crose, Croes, Crass, Cressy, Boss, Crosse

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Cross Family Origin

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Cross Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cross. A less common occupation for the Cross family was Farming. The most common Cross occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Cross's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farming

    3%

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Cross Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, Cross life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Cross in 1940 was 52, and 74 in 2004.

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