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Goss Name Meaning

English (chiefly West Country): variant of Gosse. German: from the Germanic personal name Gozzo, a short form of the various compound names with the first element god ‘good’ or god, got ‘god’.

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

Similar surnames: Gosse, Ross, Gess, Goos, Gose, Boss, Koss, Oss, Gloss, Noss

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Where is the Goss family from?

You can see how Goss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Goss families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 105 Goss families living in Ontario. This was about 42% of all the recorded Goss's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Goss families in 1911.
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What did your Goss ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Goss. 30% of Goss men worked as a Labourer and 31% of Goss women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goss were Barber and Saleslady.

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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.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Barber

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 151,000 census records available for the last name Goss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Goss 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Goss. 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 27,000 military records available for the last name Goss. For the veterans among your Goss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Goss lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Goss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Goss in 1940 was 52, and 74 in 2004.

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