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Origins of the Moss surname

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What does the name Moss mean?

The Moss surname is English, derived from the Old English word 'Mos'. It has a toponymic root and relates to those who lived at a marsh or moor (a mossy place) and their lineage. Sometimes it can also be patronymic, and describe someone who is the son or descendant of a person named 'Moses', or the pet form of that name 'Moss'.

Alternative variations of the name Moss

Moss, Mosse, Mos, Mose, Mors

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Where do most Mosses live?

In 1921, most Mosses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Mosses

How common is your surname?

204th most common surname in the UK

We have 194,000 records for the Moss surname. The oldest one dates back to 1532.

Who were Mosses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Moss first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Mosses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Mosses in 1921


Cotton Weaver




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


Common Male occupations for Mosses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Coal Miner


Farm Labourer




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