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Glass Name Meaning

English and German: metonymic occupational name for a glazier or glass blower, from Old English glæs ‘glass’ (akin to Glad, referring originally to the bright shine of the material), Middle High German glas. Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of the epithet glas ‘gray’, ‘green’, ‘blue’ or any of various Gaelic surnames derived from it. German: altered form of the personal name Klass, a reduced form of Nikolaus (see Nicholas). Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Glass ‘glass’, or a metonymic occupational name for a glazier or glass blower.

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

Similar surnames: Grass, Glas, Gloss, Klass, Gass, Blass, Plass, Glaus, Lass, Gast

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Where is the Glass family from?

You can see how Glass families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Glass family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Glass families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 83 Glass families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 17% of all the recorded Glass's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Glass families in 1840.
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What did your Glass ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Glass. 16% of Glass men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Glass women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Glass 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 234,000 census records available for the last name Glass. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Glass 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 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Glass. 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 45,000 military records available for the last name Glass. For the veterans among your Glass ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Glass lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Glass life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Glass in 1941 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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