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Wass Name Meaning

Scottish and English: from the Norman personal name Wazo, which is probably derived from a compound Germanic name with a first element wad ‘to go’. Compare Wade 1. German and Swedish: nickname from Middle High German was(se), Swedish vass ‘sharp’, ‘cutting’. The Swedish name is a soldier’s name, one of the identifying names adopted by soldiers in the 17th and 18th centuries, before the use of surnames became general in Scandinavia. Swedish: ornamental name from vass ‘reed’, ‘marsh’. German: metonymic occupational name for a seller of wax, from Middle Low German was ‘wax’ (see Wax).

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


Similar surnames: Hass, Bass, Pass, Fass, Vass, Gass, Wang, Mass, Nass, Waas

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Where is the Wass family from?

You can see how Wass families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wass family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wass families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 27 Wass families living in Maine. This was about 71% of all the recorded Wass's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Wass families in 1840.
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What did your Wass ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wass. 23% of Wass men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Wass women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wass were Carpenter 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

  • Laborer
    23%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    10%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Bookkeeper
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Wass. 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 Wass. For the veterans among your Wass ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wass lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Wass life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Wass in 1954 was 55, and 76 in 2004.

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