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Bessette Family History

Bessette Name Meaning
French: variant of Besset, from a diminutive of bès ‘birch’, or possibly of French Basset (see Bassette). The ending is not feminine, but reflects the Canadian custom of pronouncing a final -t, which is generally silent in metropolitan French.

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

157,523 Historical Documents with Bessette on Ancestry.com
32,452 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
2,902 Military Records
1,346 Immigration Records
25,138 Census and Voter Lists
95,685 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Bessette Families

  • Number of Bessette families
     49 - 95
     17 - 48
     1 - 16
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
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    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Bessette last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Bessette Family Origin

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Bessette Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Bessette

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Bessette Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Bessette Civil War Service Records

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