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Bess Family History

Bess Name Meaning
English: unexplained. Apparently a metronymic from the female personal name Bess, pet form of Elizabeth. pwh; IGI.German: short form of Betz. EXG EG lists a variant.In some cases it is probably an altered spelling of French Besse.

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

260,536 Historical Documents with Bess on Ancestry.com
53,577 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
7,393 Military Records
2,596 Immigration Records
50,574 Census and Voter Lists
146,396 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Bess Families

  • Number of Bess families
     57 - 112
     20 - 56
     1 - 19
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Bess families
     28 - 53
     10 - 27
     1 - 9
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Bess families
     2 - 1
     2 - 1
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Bess Family Origin

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Bess Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Bess

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Bess Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Bess Civil War Service Records

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