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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Doss

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  • A user from Illinois, United States says the name Doss is of German origin and means "Loud".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Doss
A place to sleep in; a bed; hence, sleep.

Etymology: Etym. uncertain

verb doss
to sleep in a convenient place.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Sleep in a convenient place
  1. (slang) The avoidance of work.
    I am going to have a tomorrow.
  2. (slang) An easy piece of work.
    Circumnavigating the world in a canoe is no .
  3. (slang, dated) A place to sleep in; a bed.
  4. (slang, dated, by extension) Sleep.

Notable Persons Named Doss

Doss Nathan Jackson was a pastor and author. Doss was born on July 14th, 1895 in Balch, Arkansas, United States. He died on November 29th, 1968.


He died in 1976.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Doss

Desmond Doss is a military person. His military service ended in 1946.


Nannie Doss is a criminal. Nannie is also known as The Giggling Nanny, The Giggling Granny, The Jolly Black Widow, and The Lonely Hearts Killer.


Bill Doss was an indie rock musician. He plays Guitar, Cornet, Percussion instrument, and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to 1992. Bill was born on September 12th, 1968. He died on July 30th, 2012.



Lorenzo Doss is an athlete for the Denver Broncos. Lorenzo was born on April 22nd, 1994 in New Orleans.


Mike Doss is a football player. He was most active from 2003 to 2008. Mike was born on March 24th, 1981 in Canton, Ohio.


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Popularity of Doss as a last name

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Common last names for Doss

  • Brown
  • Johnson
  • Jackson
  • Nelson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Doss U.S.
  White 71.18% 64.26%
  African American 23.51% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.92% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.39% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.92% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.07% 16.26%

Of Last Name Doss

People with the last name Doss are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Doss

  • How Popular is the name Doss? Doss is the 19,033rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Doss was the 1,687th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Doss have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 383 babies born with the first name Doss in the United States. That's more than enough people named Doss to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Doss? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Doss first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Doss is Wednesday, January 8th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Doss born? The highest recorded use of the first name Doss was in 1927 with a total of 17 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Doss: Your name in reverse order is Ssod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Osds. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Doss? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 21,366 people with the last name Doss.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Doss? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Doss as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.