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Weiss Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with white hair or a remarkably pale complexion from Middle High German wīz German weiss ‘white’. This surname is also found in Poland Czechia Slovakia Slovenia and Croatia often as a German translation of a corresponding Slavic surnames e.g. Slovenian Belec and Bele (see Belle ). It is also found in France (mainly Alsace and Lorraine) Denmark and the Netherlands. German: variant of Weis . German: habitational name from any of various places called Weis(s) or Weissen. German: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with wīg ‘battle’ or wid(u) ‘wood forest’ as the first element.

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

Similar surnames: Weisser, Deiss, Heiss, Reis, Weis, Reiss, Wiss, Weisz, Ress, Geiss

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Where is the Weiss family from?

You can see how Weiss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Weiss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Weiss families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 83 Weiss families living in Ontario. This was about 38% of all the recorded Weiss's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Weiss families in 1911.
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What did your Weiss ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Weiss. 64% of Weiss men worked as a Farmer and 38% of Weiss women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Weiss were Laborer 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

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Farmers Son
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Labourer
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There are 217,000 census records available for the last name Weiss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Weiss 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 92,000 immigration records available for the last name Weiss. 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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There are 104,000 military records available for the last name Weiss. For the veterans among your Weiss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Weiss lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Weiss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Weiss in 1941 was 42, and 79 in 2004.

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