Grass Family History

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Grass Name Meaning

English and German: topographic name for someone who owned or lived by a meadow, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who made or sold hay, from Middle English gras, Middle High German gras ‘grass’, ‘pasture’, ‘grazing’. English: nickname for a stout man, from Anglo-Norman French gras ‘fat’, from Latin crassus (which was itself used as a Roman family name), with the initial changed under the influence of grossus (see Gross). Scottish: occupational name, reduced from Gaelic greusaiche ‘shoemaker’. A certain John Grasse alias Cordonar (Middle English cordewaner ‘shoemaker’) is recorded in Scotland in 1539. South German: nickname for an irascible man, from Middle High German graz ‘intense’, ‘angry’.

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

Similar surnames: Gross, Glass, Gass, Gruss, Gras, Crass, Brass, Gress, Krass, Cross

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Grass Family Origin

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Grass Family Occupations

What did your Grass ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Grass. The most common Grass occupation in Canada was Farmer. 38% of Grass's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Grass family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Going To School

  • Farm Laborer


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

Grass Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Grass. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grass 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Grass. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Grass. For the veterans among your Grass ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Grass Life Expectancy

What is the average Grass lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Grass life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Grass in 1953 was 51, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Grass 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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