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Oss Name Meaning

North German: from Low German oss ‘ox’, hence a nickname for a farmer or a stupid person, or in some cases a habitational name for someone living at a house or inn distinguished by the sign of an ox. South German (especially southern Bavaria (Allgäu)): from a short form of the personal name Oswald. Dutch (van Oss): habitational name from Oss in North Brabant. Probably an Americanized form of any of a number of common Norwegian habitational names from farmsteads named with Old Norse áss ‘hill’, ‘ridge’ (see Aas).

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


Similar surnames: Ross, Foss, Koss, Ose, Moss, Ost, Oas, Loss, Boss, Noss

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Where is the Oss family from?

You can see how Oss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Oss families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Oss family living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Oss's in the USA. Pennsylvania and 1 other state had the highest population of Oss families in 1840.
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What did your Oss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Oss. 23% of Oss men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Oss women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oss were Manager and Beauty Operator.

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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
    23%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Clerk
    13%
  • Manager
    13%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    34%
  • Cashier
    17%
  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Beauty Operator
    17%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Oss. For the veterans among your Oss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oss lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Oss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Oss in 1963 was 86, and 80 in 2004.

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