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Mass Name Meaning

North German and Dutch: from a short form of the personal name Thomas. Compare Maas, Mas. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name from German Mass ‘measure’, ‘measurement’.

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


Similar surnames: Mas, Pass, Mais, Hass, Masse, Wass, Bass, Fass, Kass, Mars

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Where is the Mass family from?

You can see how Mass families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mass family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mass families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 6 Mass families living in New York. This was about 30% of all the recorded Mass's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Mass families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mass surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mass ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mass. 20% of Mass men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Mass women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mass were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Cook
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 59,000 census records available for the last name Mass. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mass 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Mass. 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 33,000 military records available for the last name Mass. For the veterans among your Mass ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mass lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Mass life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Mass in 1951 was 50, and 79 in 2004.

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