Foss Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Fosse. Danish: from fos, vos ‘fox’; a nickname for a sly or cunning person or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a fox. Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead so named from Old Norse fors ‘waterfall’, examples of which are found throughout Norway. Altered spelling of German Voss or the Dutch cognate Vos.

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


Similar surnames: Oss, Fosse, Ross, Koss, Boss, Noss, Moss, Fors, Doss, Loss

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Foss Family Origin

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Foss Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • School

    9%
  • Farmer Son

    6%
  • Going To School

    4%

In 1881, Farmer, School and Farmer Son were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Foss. A less common occupation for the Foss family was Going To School. The most common Foss occupation in Canada was Farmer. 38% of Foss's were Farmers.

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Foss Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1943 and 2004, Foss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Foss in 1943 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Foss

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