Koss Family History

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Koss Name Meaning

Germanized spelling of Czech, Polish, Slovenian, and Jewish Kos. Eastern German: from a short form of the personal name Kosmas (see Kosman), popular mainly in Slavic-speaking regions. German: from an altered form of an old personal name formed with Old High German got ‘god’. Norwegian: habitational name from a farm so named, from Old Norse kos ‘mound’, ‘heap’.

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


Similar surnames: Oss, Kos, Ross, Kost, Moss, Kuss, Kass, Foss, Boss, Loss

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Koss Family Origin

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Koss Family Occupations

What did your Koss ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Koss. 15% of Koss men worked as a Labourer and 29% of Koss women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Koss were Miner and Laborer

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
    15%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Fisherman
    10%
  • Miner
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Clerk
    29%
  • Labourer
    29%
  • Farming
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%

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

Koss Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Koss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Koss 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Koss. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Koss. For the veterans among your Koss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Koss Life Expectancy

What is the average Koss lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Koss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Koss in 1949 was 47, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Koss

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