Doss Family History

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Doss Name Meaning

habitational name for someone from Dosse in Altmark. variant of Dose 1. in Austria (Tyrol) and Switzerland, a topographic name for someone living on a hill, from Ladin dos (from Latin dorsum ‘ridge’, ‘hill top’).

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

Similar surnames: Oss, Foss, Moss, Ross, Dose, Loss, Dost, Dross, Diss, Koss

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Doss Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Doss name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Doss Family Origin

Where is the Doss family from?

Doss Family Occupations

What did your Doss ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Farming and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Doss. A less common occupation for the Doss family was Keeping House. The most common Doss occupation in the USA was Farmer. 55% of Doss's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Doss ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Doss Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 47,000 census records available for the last name Doss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Doss 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Doss. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Doss. For the veterans among your Doss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Doss Life Expectancy

What is the average Doss lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Doss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Doss in 1942 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Doss 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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