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Was Surname Meaning

Polish (Wąs): descriptive nickname for a man with a particularly fine or noticeable mustache from wąs ‘mustache’. Compare Fons .

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


Similar surnames: Ras, Wasik, Wang, Pas, Wax, Wass, Sas, Wah, Wais, Oas

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Where is the Was family from?

You can see how Was families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Was family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Was families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 7 Was families living in Yorkshire. This was about 37% of all the recorded Was's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Was families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Was surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Was ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Was. 31% of Was men worked as a Laborer and 37% of Was women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Was were Painter and Housework. .

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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 Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    31%
  • Butcher
    14%
  • Cook
    14%
  • Painter
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    37%
  • New Worker
    28%
  • Stenographer
    19%
  • Housework
    19%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Was. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Was 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Was. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, 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 Was. For the veterans among your Was ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Was lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Was life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Was in 1952 was 32, and 78 in 2004.

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