I was always told that it had something to do with wetness or dampness, but who really knows. Fact is that Noss in a way has merged into a surname that has predecessors from all sorts of origins - Scottish, French, German, English, Scandanavian... So it's hard to say exactly what it means unless you know what your Noss' origin was.
My family always told me that our ancestors had traveled to Germany/Prussia from Norway, and possibly what is now NW Russia. So even though I consider myself mostly German, my Noss ancestors I truly think might not have been. The more I look into my own family, the more I think my great uncle was right. There is actually a landmass and a body of water or two named Noss in the Northwestern Russian area, and Noss is a very popular name in Norway and apparently in Sweden.
Plus, there were ALOT fo Nosses that came over to the US from Norway and Russia, so I'm beginning to think that Noss (at least mine) might have more of a Russian or Scandanavian origin if one would try to really get to the bottom of it. Besides, where did all of those people in Germany, France, and the British Isles actually come from?
Just thought I'd share my thoughts. Happy hunting!
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