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Hiss Family History

Hiss Name Meaning

German: from a short form of the ancient Germanic personal name Hizo a short form of names with hild ‘fight battle’ as the first element. South German: variant of Heiss

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hils, Huss, Heiss, Hass, Hess, Riss, Hild, Ris, Hilt, Kiss

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Where is the Hiss family from?

You can see how Hiss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hiss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hiss families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 7 Hiss families living in Maryland. This was about 50% of all the recorded Hiss's in USA. Maryland had the highest population of Hiss families in 1840.
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What did your Hiss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hiss. 16% of Hiss men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Hiss women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hiss were Clerk and Housework. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Secretary
  • Clerk
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Hiss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hiss 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 Hiss. 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 Hiss. For the veterans among your Hiss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hiss lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Hiss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Hiss in 1962 was 82, and 69 in 2004.

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