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Vis Family History

Vis Name Meaning

Dutch (de Vis): from vis ‘fish’, a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or fishmonger, or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a fish.

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


Similar surnames: Fish, Vos, Lis, Mis, Vas, Ris, Eis, Pas, Sas, Vise

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Where is the Vis family from?

You can see how Vis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Vis family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Vis families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 26 Vis families living in Michigan. This was about 74% of all the recorded Vis's in the USA. Michigan had the highest population of Vis families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Vis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Vis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Vis. 31% of Vis men worked as a Farmer and 45% of Vis women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Vis were Salesman and Stenographer.

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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
    31%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farm Laborer
    9%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    45%
  • Maid
    34%
  • Stenographer
    23%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Vis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vis 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 Vis. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Vis. For the veterans among your Vis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Vis lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Vis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Vis in 1963 was 76, and 87 in 2004.

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