Gass Family History

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Gass Name Meaning

South German, Swiss, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived in a street in a city, town, or village, Middle High German gazze, German Gasse, Yiddish gas ‘street’, ‘side street’. English: variant of Gash. Altered spelling of German Gast, found in the areas of Swiss settlement.

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

Similar surnames: Gast, Grass, Fass, Glass, Nass, Pass, Hass, Wass, Bass, Gans

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Gass Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gass name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gass. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Gass Family Origin

Where is the Gass family from?

Gass Family Occupations

What did your Gass ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Gass occupation in Canada was Farmer. 47% of Gass's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Gass family was Farmers Son. Farmer, Going To School and Merchant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gass.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Merchant

  • Farmers Son


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

Gass Historical Records

What Gass family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Gass. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gass 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Gass. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Gass. For the veterans among your Gass ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gass Life Expectancy

What is the average Gass lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Gass life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gass in 1949 was 59, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gass 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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