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Preiss Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Preis 1. South German: regional name for someone from Prussia, Middle High German Priuss(e). Compare Preuss. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Preis 2.

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


Similar surnames: Preis, Preuss, Reiss, Reis, Weiss, Press, Kreis, Preiser, Heiss

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Where is the Preiss family from?

You can see how Preiss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Preiss family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Preiss families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Preiss family living in Maryland. This was 100% of all the recorded Preiss's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Preiss families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Preiss surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Preiss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Preiss. 13% of Preiss men worked as a Salesman and 18% of Preiss women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Preiss were Laborer 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

  • Salesman
    13%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Proprietor
    8%
  • Laborer
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    18%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Bookkeeper
    9%
  • Secretary
    7%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Preiss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Preiss 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Preiss. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Preiss. For the veterans among your Preiss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Preiss lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Preiss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Preiss in 1950 was 44, and 80 in 2004.

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