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Kiss Family History

Kiss Name Meaning

Hungarian: from kis ‘small’, applied as a nickname for a person of small stature or the younger of two bearers of the same personal name. English: from Anglo-Norman French cuisse ‘thigh’ (from Latin coxa), applied as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of leg armor, which was normally of leather. German: variant of Kisch (of Czech origin).

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

Similar surnames: Biss, Kuss, Kass, Kies, Koss, Kosa, Riss, Wiss, Diss, Hiss

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Where is the Kiss family from?

You can see how Kiss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kiss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kiss families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Kiss families living in New York. This was about 57% of all the recorded Kiss's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Kiss families in 1840.
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What did your Kiss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kiss. 22% of Kiss men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Kiss women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kiss were Mechanic 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
  • Carpenter
  • Mechanic

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housewife
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Kiss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kiss 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Kiss. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Kiss. For the veterans among your Kiss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kiss lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Kiss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kiss in 1951 was 46, and 81 in 2004.

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