Swiss Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Schweiss or Schweitz.

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


Similar surnames: Niss, Bliss, Wise, Sloss, Heiss, Weiss, Wiss, Kriss, Sis, Deiss

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Swiss Family Origin

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Swiss Family Occupations

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  • Carpenter

    27%
  • Laborer

    18%
  • Bridge Contractor

    9%
  • Farmer

    9%

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In 1880, the most common Swiss occupation in the USA was Carpenter. 27% of Swiss's were Carpenters. A less common occupation for the Swiss family was Farmer. Carpenter, Laborer and Bridge Contractor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Swiss.

Source: Census data for Swiss | Data not to scale

Swiss Historical Records

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Swiss Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1954 and 2004, Swiss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Swiss in 1954 was 42, and 78 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Swiss

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