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Gross Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a big man, from Middle High German groz ‘large’, ‘thick’, ‘corpulent’, German gross. The Jewish name has been Hebraicized as Gadol, from Hebrew gadol ‘large’. This name is widespread throughout central and eastern Europe, not only in German-speaking countries. English: nickname for a big man, from Middle English, Old French gros (Late Latin grossus, of Germanic origin, thus etymologically the same word as in 1 above). The English vocabulary word did not develop the sense ‘excessively fat’ until the 16th century.

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


Similar surnames: Grass, Ross, Gros, Cross, Grosh, Grose, Bross, Grosz, Gruss, Grosso

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Where is the Gross family from?

You can see how Gross families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gross family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gross families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 205 Gross families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 34% of all the recorded Gross's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gross families in 1840.
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What did your Gross ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gross. 13% of Gross men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Gross women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gross were Clerk 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

  • Laborer
    13%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 66,000 immigration records available for the last name Gross. 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 102,000 military records available for the last name Gross. For the veterans among your Gross ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gross lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gross life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gross in 1940 was 48, and 77 in 2004.

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