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Niss Family History

Niss Name Meaning

German and Danish: assimilated form of Nils, a contraction of Nikolaus (see Nicholas). Americanized spelling of German Nüss ‘nut’ (see Nuss 2). Jewish (from Ukraine and Poland): ornamental name from Yiddish dialect nis ‘nut’ (cognate with German Nüss; see 1).

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


Similar surnames: Nish, Nuss, Kniss, Nissen, Riss, Ness, Nims, Hiss, Nass, Wiss

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Where is the Niss family from?

You can see how Niss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Niss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Niss families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 2 Niss families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 50% of all the recorded Niss's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Niss families in 1911.
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What did your Niss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Niss. 26% of Niss men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Niss women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Niss were Farming and Clerk.

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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
    26%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Caretaker
    9%
  • Farming
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    60%
  • Clerk
    40%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Niss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Niss 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 651 immigration records available for the last name Niss. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Niss. For the veterans among your Niss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Niss lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2004, in the United States, Niss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Niss in 1965 was 80, and 81 in 2004.

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