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Neiss Name Meaning

German: nickname for a distrustful, suspicious person, from Middle High German niusen ‘to probe’.

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

Similar surnames: Zeiss, Leiss, Weiss, Neises, Meiss, Deiss, Bliss, Geiss, Reuss, Heuss

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Where is the Neiss family from?

You can see how Neiss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Neiss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Neiss families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Neiss families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Neiss's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Neiss families in 1840.
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What did your Neiss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Neiss. 15% of Neiss men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Neiss women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Neiss were Manager and Secretary. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Proprietor
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housework
  • Bookkeeper
  • Secretary
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Neiss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Neiss 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Neiss. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Neiss. For the veterans among your Neiss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Neiss lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Neiss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Neiss in 1955 was 47, and 65 in 2004.

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