Poss Family History

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Poss Name Meaning

German (of Slavic origin): from a pet form of a personal name, a Slavic form of Peter.

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

Similar surnames: Ross, Boss, Koss, Oss, Loss, Posa, Pass, Pross, Noss, Moss

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Poss Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Poss name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Poss. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Poss Family Origin

Where is the Poss family from?

Poss Family Occupations

What did your Poss ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Poss family was Laborer. The most common Poss occupation in the USA was Farmer. 51% of Poss's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Poss.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Poss ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Poss Historical Records

What Poss family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Poss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Poss census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Poss. 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 Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Poss. For the veterans among your Poss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Poss Life Expectancy

What is the average Poss lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Poss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Poss in 1953 was 55, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Poss ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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