Glass Family History

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Glass Name Meaning

English and German: metonymic occupational name for a glazier or glass blower, from Old English glæs ‘glass’ (akin to Glad, referring originally to the bright shine of the material), Middle High German glas. Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of the epithet glas ‘gray’, ‘green’, ‘blue’ or any of various Gaelic surnames derived from it. German: altered form of the personal name Klass, a reduced form of Nikolaus (see Nicholas). Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Glass ‘glass’, or a metonymic occupational name for a glazier or glass blower.

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

Similar surnames: Grass, Glas, Gloss, Klass, Gass, Blass, Plass, Glaus, Lass, Gast

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Glass Family Origin

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Glass Family Occupations

What did your Glass ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Glass family was Student. The most common Glass occupation in Canada was Farmer. 21% of Glass's were Farmers. Farmer, Clerk and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Glass.

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  • Farmer

  • Clerk

  • School

  • Student


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Glass Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 234,000 census records available for the last name Glass. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Glass 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 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Glass. 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 45,000 military records available for the last name Glass. For the veterans among your Glass ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Glass Life Expectancy

What is the average Glass lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Glass life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Glass in 1941 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Glass 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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