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Fossum Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead so named, especially in eastern Norway. The farm name, Forsheimr in Old Norse, is composed of the elements fors ‘waterfall’ + heimr ‘homestead’.

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


Similar surnames: Foss, Fosse, Fossen, Rossum, Wassum, Roisum, Folsom, Bossom, Ottum

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Where is the Fossum family from?

You can see how Fossum families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fossum family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Fossum families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 32 Fossum families living in Minnesota. This was about 36% of all the recorded Fossum's in the USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Fossum families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Fossum surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Fossum ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Fossum. 29% of Fossum men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Fossum women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fossum were Farm Laborer and Bookkeeper.

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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
    29%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Farming
    7%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    17%
  • Clerk
    13%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Bookkeeper
    11%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Fossum. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fossum 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 Fossum. 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 Fossum. For the veterans among your Fossum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fossum lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Fossum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Fossum in 1952 was 38, and 82 in 2004.

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