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Cross Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a stone cross set up by the roadside or in a marketplace, from Old Norse kross (via Gaelic from Latin crux, genitive crucis), which in Middle English quickly and comprehensively displaced the Old English form cruc (see Crouch). In a few cases the surname may have been given originally to someone who lived by a crossroads, but this sense of the word seems to have been a comparatively late development. In other cases, the surname (and its European cognates) may have denoted someone who carried the cross in processions of the Christian Church, but in English at least the usual word for this sense was Crozier. Irish: reduced form of McCrossen. In North America this name has absorbed examples of cognate names from other languages, such as French Lacroix.

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

Similar surnames: Ross, Gross, Croce, Bross, Crose, Croes, Crass, Cressy, Boss, Crosse

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Where is the Cross family from?

You can see how Cross families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cross family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cross families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 881 Cross families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Cross's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Cross families in 1911.
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What did your Cross ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Cross. 37% of Cross men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Cross women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cross were Machinist and Income.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Farmer
  • Income
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Passenger Lists

There are 66,000 immigration records available for the last name Cross. 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 Cards

There are 147,000 military records available for the last name Cross. For the veterans among your Cross ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cross lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Cross life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Cross in 1940 was 52, and 74 in 2004.

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