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Gass Name Meaning

South German, Swiss, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived in a street in a city, town, or village, Middle High German gazze, German Gasse, Yiddish gas ‘street’, ‘side street’. English: variant of Gash. Altered spelling of German Gast, found in the areas of Swiss settlement.

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


Similar surnames: Gast, Grass, Fass, Glass, Nass, Pass, Hass, Wass, Bass, Gans

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Where is the Gass family from?

You can see how Gass families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gass family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gass families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 24 Gass families living in Ohio. This was about 22% of all the recorded Gass's in the USA. Ohio and 1 other state had the highest population of Gass families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gass surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gass ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gass. 21% of Gass men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Gass women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gass were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Gass. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gass 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Gass. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Gass. For the veterans among your Gass ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gass lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Gass life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gass in 1949 was 59, and 74 in 2004.

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