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Essex Family History

Essex Name Meaning
English: regional name for someone from the county of Essex, which is named from Old English east ‘east’ + Seaxe ‘Saxons’. In England the surname is now particularly common in Birmingham.

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

371,072 Historical Documents with Essex on Ancestry.com
55,106 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
6,240 Military Records
2,471 Immigration Records
38,085 Census and Voter Lists
269,170 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Essex Families

  • Number of Essex families
     25 - 47
     9 - 24
     1 - 8
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Essex families
     84 - 166
     29 - 83
     1 - 28
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Essex last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Essex census records

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Essex Family Origin

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The information for this chart came from the U.S. Immigration Collection at Ancestry.com. You can find out where the majority of the Essex families were living before they immigrated to the U.S and learn where to focus your search for foreign records.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival, and destination.

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Essex Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Essex families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival and destination.

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Average Life Expectancy for Essex

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

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Essex Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Essex census records

Census records can offer a lot of little known facts about your Essex ancestors, such as occupation.

Occupation can tell you about your ancestors' social status and economic status.

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Essex Civil War Service Records

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You can find out if your ancestors came primarily from the North of the South.

Military records can tell you an ancestor's birthplace, occupation, and even physical description.

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