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Pass Name Meaning

English: from a pet form of the medieval personal name Passe probably a pet form of Pascal . German: topographic name from Pass ‘pass passage’ (from Middle Low German pas ‘pace passage way water gauge’). Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name or nickname from Yiddish and Polish pas ‘belt girdle’. English: topographic name from Middle English pas(e) ‘path passage’ (Old French pas) perhaps signifying someone who lived at or near a passage or a place so named. Compare Passage .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Bass, Wass, Hass, Plass, Mass, Fass, Gass, Vass, Kass, Nass

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Where is the Pass family from?

You can see how Pass families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pass family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pass families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Pass families living in Georgia. This was about 24% of all the recorded Pass's in USA. Georgia and 1 other state had the highest population of Pass families in 1840.
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What did your Pass ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pass. 20% of Pass men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Pass women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pass were Clerk 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Pass. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pass 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Pass. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Pass. For the veterans among your Pass ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pass lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Pass life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Pass in 1945 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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