Fosse Name Meaning

English and French: habitational name from any of the various minor places named with Old English foss ‘ditch’ (Latin fossa). The Old English word did not survive into the period when surnames were acquired, so it is unlikely to be a topographic name, unless it is from the Old French cognate fosse. The reference may be to the Roman road Fosse Way, itself named in the Old English period from the ditch that ran alongside it, or to the river Foss in Yorkshire. Norwegian: habitational name from any of the fifteen west-coast farmsteads so named, from the dative form of foss ‘waterfall’ (from Old Norse fors).

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


Similar surnames: Foss, Fossen, Fossey, Force, Gosse, Cosse, Bosse, Fiske, Forde, Fors

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Fosse Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    62%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Barber

    4%
  • Clerk

    4%

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In 1880, the most common Fosse occupation in the USA was Farmer. 62% of Fosse's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Barber were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fosse. A less common occupation for the Fosse family was Clerk.

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Between 1962 and 2004, Fosse life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Fosse in 1962 was 70, and 81 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Fosse

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