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Koss Family History

Koss Name Meaning

Germanized spelling of Czech, Polish, Slovenian, and Jewish Kos. Eastern German: from a short form of the personal name Kosmas (see Kosman), popular mainly in Slavic-speaking regions. German: from an altered form of an old personal name formed with Old High German got ‘god’. Norwegian: habitational name from a farm so named, from Old Norse kos ‘mound’, ‘heap’.

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


Similar surnames: Oss, Kos, Ross, Kost, Moss, Kuss, Kass, Foss, Boss, Loss

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Where is the Koss family from?

You can see how Koss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Koss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Koss families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Koss families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Koss's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Koss families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Koss surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Koss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Koss. 17% of Koss men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Koss women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Koss were Clerk and Bookkeeper.

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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
    17%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Bookkeeper
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Koss. 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 Koss. For the veterans among your Koss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Koss lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Koss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Koss in 1949 was 47, and 74 in 2004.

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