Swiss Family History

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Swiss Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Schweiss or Schweitz.

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


Similar surnames: Niss, Bliss, Wise, Sloss, Heiss, Weiss, Wiss, Kriss, Sis, Deiss

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Swiss Family Origin

Where is the Swiss family from?

Swiss Family Occupations

What did your Swiss ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Swiss family was Farmer. Carpenter, Laborer and Bridge Contractor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Swiss. The most common Swiss occupation in the USA was Carpenter. 27% of Swiss's were Carpenters.

View Census data for Swiss | Data not to scale

  • Carpenter

    27%
  • Laborer

    18%
  • Bridge Contractor

    9%
  • Farmer

    9%

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

Swiss Historical Records

What Swiss family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Swiss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Swiss census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Swiss

Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Swiss. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Swiss. For the veterans among your Swiss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Swiss Life Expectancy

What is the average Swiss lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Swiss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Swiss in 1954 was 42, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Swiss

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Swiss 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.

Famous Swiss Family

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Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
Victor Hugo1802 - 1885 (83)
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Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)
Nikola Tesla1856 - 1943 (86)
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