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Moss Name Meaning

English and Welsh: from the personal name Moss, a Middle English vernacular form of the Biblical name Moses. English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived by a peat bog, Middle English, Old English mos, or a habitational name from a place named with this word. (It was not until later that the vocabulary word came to denote the class of plants characteristic of a peat-bog habitat, under the influence of the related Old Norse word mosi.) Americanized form of Moses or some other like-sounding Jewish surname. Irish (Ulster): part translation of Gaelic Ó Maolmhóna ‘descendant of Maolmhóna’, a personal name composed of the elements maol ‘servant’, ‘tonsured one’, ‘devotee’ + a second element which was assumed to be móin (genitive móna) ‘moorland’, ‘peat bog’.

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


Similar surnames: Ross, Most, Moses, Koss, Mose, Oss, Loss, Moes, Moos, Foss

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Where is the Moss family from?

You can see how Moss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Moss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Moss families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 95 Moss families living in Virginia. This was about 11% of all the recorded Moss's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Moss families in 1840.
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What did your Moss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Moss. 17% of Moss men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Moss women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Moss were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 60,000 immigration records available for the last name Moss. 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 81,000 military records available for the last name Moss. For the veterans among your Moss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Moss lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Moss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Moss in 1940 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

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