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Messer Family History

Messer Name Meaning
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a cutler, from Middle High German mezzer ‘knife’, from Old High German mezzirahs, mezzisahs, a compound of maz ‘food’, ‘meat’ + sahs ‘knife’, ‘sword’. The Jewish name is from German Messer ‘knife’ or Yiddish meser.German: occupational name for an official in charge of measuring the dues paid in kind by tenants, from an agent derivative of Middle High German mezzen ‘to measure’.English and Scottish: occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops, Middle English, Older Scots mess(i)er, from Old French messier (see Messier).

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

626,641 Historical Documents with Messer on Ancestry.com
137,002 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
16,088 Military Records
6,236 Immigration Records
74,979 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Messer Families

  • Number of Messer families
     85 - 168
     29 - 84
     1 - 28
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Messer families
     82 - 161
     28 - 81
     1 - 27
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Messer families
     62 - 121
     21 - 61
     1 - 20
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Messer Family Origin

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Messer Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Messer

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Messer Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Messer census records

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Messer Civil War Service Records

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