Wass Family History
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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