Bass Family History

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Bass Name Meaning

English: from Old French bas(se) ‘low’, ‘short’ (Latin bassus ‘thickset’; see Basso), either a descriptive nickname for a short person or a status name meaning ‘of humble origin’, not necessarily with derogatory connotations. English: in some instances, from Middle English bace ‘bass’ (the fish), hence a nickname for a person supposedly resembling this fish, or a metonymic occupational name for a fish seller or fisherman. Scottish: habitational name from a place in Aberdeenshire, of uncertain origin. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a maker or player of bass viols, from Polish, Ukrainian, and Yiddish bas ‘bass viol’. German: see Basse.

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

Similar surnames: Vass, Biss, Pass, Buss, Wass, Fass, Basa, Bast, Lass, Boss

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Bass Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bass name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bass. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Bass Family Origin

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Bass Family Occupations

What did your Bass ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bass family was Butcher. Farmer, Farmer Son and Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bass. The most common Bass occupation in Canada was Farmer. 37% of Bass's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farmer Son

  • Servant

  • Butcher


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Bass Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 262,000 census records available for the last name Bass. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bass census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Bass. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 51,000 military records available for the last name Bass. For the veterans among your Bass ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bass Life Expectancy

What is the average Bass lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bass life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Bass in 1943 was 28, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bass 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.

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