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Cross Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a cross such as one set up by the roadside or in a marketplace from Middle English cros (Old English cros and Old Norse kross ultimately from Latin crux crucem). It is commonly Latinized in medieval records as ad crucem and de Cruce but examples of this can just as well belong to the synonymous but less common name 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; see 3 below) 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: shortened form of McCrossen . Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames meaning ‘cross’ or ‘the cross’ such as French Lacroix German Kreutz and Slovenian and Croatian Križ (see Kriz ). Americanized form of German Kross .

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

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

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Where is the Cross family from?

You can see how Cross families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cross family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cross families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 259 Cross families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Cross's in USA. New York had the highest population of Cross families in 1840.
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What did your Cross ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cross. 17% of Cross men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Cross women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cross 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Maid
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Passenger Lists

There are 66,000 immigration records available for the last name Cross. 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 147,000 military records available for the last name Cross. For the veterans among your Cross ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cross lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, 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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