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Koss Name Meaning

Germanized or Americanized form of Polish Slovenian Croatian Serbian Czech and Slovak Kos Sorbian Kós ‘blackbird’. East German: from a short form of the personal name Kosmas (see Kosman ). German: nickname for a gossip or a smooth-talker a variant of Kose . Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Kos .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Koss family from?

You can see how Koss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Koss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Koss families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 54 Koss families living in Manitoba. This was about 46% of all the recorded Koss's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Koss families in 1911.
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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 Canada named Koss. 34% of Koss men worked as a Labourer and 50% of Koss women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Koss were Fisherman and Labourer. .

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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
  • Miner
  • Farmer
  • Fisherman

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Clerk
  • Labourer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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