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Weiss Family History

Weiss Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with white hair or a remarkably pale complexion, from Middle High German wiz ‘white’, German weiss. German: variant of Weis. German: habitational name from any of various places named Weis(s) or Weissen. German: from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with wig ‘battle’ or widu ‘wood’ as the first element.

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


Similar surnames: Weisser, Deiss, Heiss, Reis, Weis, Reiss, Wiss, Weisz, Ress, Geiss

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Where is the Weiss family from?

You can see how Weiss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Weiss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Weiss families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 69 Weiss families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 79% of all the recorded Weiss's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Weiss families in 1840.
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What did your Weiss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Weiss. 11% of Weiss men worked as a Salesman and 9% of Weiss women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Weiss were Clerk and Saleslady.

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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
    11%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Saleslady
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 92,000 immigration records available for the last name Weiss. 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 104,000 military records available for the last name Weiss. For the veterans among your Weiss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Weiss lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Weiss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Weiss in 1941 was 42, and 79 in 2004.

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