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Wass Name Meaning

Scottish and English: from the Norman personal name Wazo, which is probably derived from a compound Germanic name with a first element wad ‘to go’. Compare Wade 1. German and Swedish: nickname from Middle High German was(se), Swedish vass ‘sharp’, ‘cutting’. The Swedish name is a soldier’s name, one of the identifying names adopted by soldiers in the 17th and 18th centuries, before the use of surnames became general in Scandinavia. Swedish: ornamental name from vass ‘reed’, ‘marsh’. German: metonymic occupational name for a seller of wax, from Middle Low German was ‘wax’ (see Wax).

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

Similar surnames: Hass, Bass, Pass, Fass, Vass, Gass, Wang, Mass, Nass, Waas

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Wass Family Origin

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Wass Family Occupations

What did your Wass ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Wass family was Clerk. Farmer, Labourer and Butcher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wass. The most common Wass occupation in Canada was Farmer. 36% of Wass's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Butcher

  • Clerk


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Wass Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Wass. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wass 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Wass. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Wass. For the veterans among your Wass ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wass Life Expectancy

What is the average Wass lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Wass life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Wass in 1954 was 55, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wass ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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