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Gruss Family History

Gruss Name Meaning

from Middle High German gruz ‘grain’, ‘groats’, ‘dregs’; possibly a derogatory occupational nickname for a grain merchant, or a topographic name for someone living on sandy soil. (also Grüss): from a Germanic personal name formed with an element reflected in Gothic hrotheigs ‘victorious’. perhaps of Slavic origin: from a pet form of a vernacular form of the Latin personal name Gregorius (see Gregory).

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


Similar surnames: Russ, Grass, Gross, Gress, Gruel, Brush, Gruis, Bruss, Ress, Gust

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Where is the Gruss family from?

You can see how Gruss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gruss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gruss families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 2 Gruss families living in Ontario. This was about 67% of all the recorded Gruss's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gruss families in 1911.
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What did your Gruss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gruss. 21% of Gruss men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Gruss women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gruss were Miner and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Miner
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    16%
  • Housewife
    16%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Gruss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gruss 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 Gruss. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Gruss. For the veterans among your Gruss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gruss lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Gruss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1997, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Gruss in 1956 was 57, and 78 in 2004.

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