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Kress Family History

Kress Name Meaning

from a much altered pet form of the personal name Erasmus, a Latinized form of Greek erasmos ‘loved’ (see Rasmus). from a much altered pet form of the personal name Christian. from Middle High German kresse ‘gudgeon’, hence probably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish in some way or a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman. unflattering nickname for a greedy person, from Old High German krassig, gratag ‘greedy’.

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


Similar surnames: Krebs, Gress, Kreis, Ress, Tress, Krass, Kless, Bress, Dress, Kreps

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Where is the Kress family from?

You can see how Kress families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kress family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kress families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Kress families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 36% of all the recorded Kress's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kress families in 1840.
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What did your Kress ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kress. 14% of Kress men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Kress women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kress were Clerk and Clerk.

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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
    14%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Kress. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Kress. For the veterans among your Kress ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kress lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Kress life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Kress in 1946 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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