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Grass Name Meaning

English and German: topographic name for someone who owned or lived by a meadow, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who made or sold hay, from Middle English gras, Middle High German gras ‘grass’, ‘pasture’, ‘grazing’. English: nickname for a stout man, from Anglo-Norman French gras ‘fat’, from Latin crassus (which was itself used as a Roman family name), with the initial changed under the influence of grossus (see Gross). Scottish: occupational name, reduced from Gaelic greusaiche ‘shoemaker’. A certain John Grasse alias Cordonar (Middle English cordewaner ‘shoemaker’) is recorded in Scotland in 1539. South German: nickname for an irascible man, from Middle High German graz ‘intense’, ‘angry’.

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


Similar surnames: Gross, Glass, Gass, Gruss, Gras, Crass, Brass, Gress, Krass, Cross

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Where is the Grass family from?

You can see how Grass families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grass family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grass families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 13 Grass families living in Virginia. This was about 23% of all the recorded Grass's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Grass families in 1840.
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What did your Grass ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Grass. 18% of Grass men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Grass women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grass were Clerk and Housewife.

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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
    18%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

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

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Grass. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grass 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Grass. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Grass. For the veterans among your Grass ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grass lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Grass life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Grass in 1953 was 51, and 73 in 2004.

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