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Gloss Name Meaning

German: variant of Klaus, a reduced form of the personal name Nikolaus, German form of Nicholas. English: nickname for a flatterer, from Old French glose ‘flattery’.

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


Similar surnames: Glos, Glass, Kloss, Gross, Goss, Bloss, Loss, Kloos, Klos, Sloss

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Where is the Gloss family from?

You can see how Gloss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gloss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gloss families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 20 Gloss families living in Ontario. This was about 77% of all the recorded Gloss's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gloss families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gloss surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gloss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gloss. 22% of Gloss men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Gloss women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gloss were Clerk and Waitress.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Waitress
    6%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Gloss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gloss census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gloss. 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 Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Gloss. For the veterans among your Gloss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gloss lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Gloss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Gloss in 1949 was 44, and 85 in 2004.

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