History of your Surname
Get access to Doss family records.Start a free trial

Doss Family History

Doss Name Meaning

habitational name for someone from Dosse in Altmark. variant of Dose 1. in Austria (Tyrol) and Switzerland, a topographic name for someone living on a hill, from Ladin dos (from Latin dorsum ‘ridge’, ‘hill top’).

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


Similar surnames: Oss, Foss, Moss, Ross, Dose, Loss, Dost, Dross, Diss, Koss

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Doss family from?

You can see how Doss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Doss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Doss families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 17 Doss families living in Virginia. This was about 17% of all the recorded Doss's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Doss families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Doss surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Doss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Doss. 24% of Doss men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Doss women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Doss were Truck Driver and Waitress.

View Census data for Doss | Data not to scale

*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
    24%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Waitress
    6%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Doss family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 47,000 census records available for the last name Doss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Doss census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Doss

Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Doss. 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.

View all Doss immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Doss. For the veterans among your Doss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Doss military records

You've only scratched the surface of Doss family history.

Discover More

What is the average Doss lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Doss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Doss in 1942 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Doss

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Doss family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial