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Wiss Name Meaning

German: variant of Weiss. North German: nickname for a sure, reliable person, from Middle Low German wisse ‘sure’, ‘reliable’.

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


Similar surnames: Weiss, Wass, Wise, Kiss, Biss, Fiss, Niss, Guss, Lass, Diss

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Where is the Wiss family from?

You can see how Wiss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wiss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wiss families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 18 Wiss families living in Manitoba. This was about 44% of all the recorded Wiss's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Wiss families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wiss surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wiss ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the UK named Wiss. 86% of Wiss women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties.

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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 Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    86%
  • Domestic Duties Unpaid
    15%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Wiss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wiss 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Wiss. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Wiss. For the veterans among your Wiss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wiss lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Wiss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Wiss in 1954 was 48, and 80 in 2004.

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