Weiss Family History

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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 wiz ‘white’, German weiss. German: variant of Weis. German: habitational name from any of various places named Weis(s) or Weissen. German: from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with wig ‘battle’ or widu ‘wood’ as the first element.

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

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

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Weiss Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Weiss name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Weiss. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Weiss Family Origin

Where is the Weiss family from?

Weiss Family Occupations

What did your Weiss ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Laborer and Student were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Weiss. The most common Weiss occupation in Canada was Farmer. 45% of Weiss's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Weiss family was Boot Maker.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Student

  • Boot Maker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Weiss ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Weiss Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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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Draft Card

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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Weiss Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Weiss 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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