Goss Family History

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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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Goss Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Goss name?

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


  • France


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Goss Family Origin

Where is the Goss family from?

Goss Family Occupations

What did your Goss ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Goss family was Servant. Farmer, School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Goss. The most common Goss occupation in Canada was Farmer. 45% of Goss's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Labourer

  • Servant


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

Goss Historical Records

What Goss family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Goss Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Goss 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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