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Messina Family History

Messina Name Meaning
Southern Italian: habitational name from the Sicilian city of this name. It was named Messana in the 5th century bc when it was captured by Anaxilaos of Rhegium; previously it had been known as Zancle. This is a very common surname in Sicily, especially in Palermo and Catania.

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

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51,867 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
8,081 Military Records
12,198 Immigration Records
21,214 Census and Voter Lists
21,748 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Messina Families

  • Number of Messina families
     124 - 246
     42 - 123
     1 - 41
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Messina families
     3 - 3
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Messina families
     3 - 3
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Messina census records

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Messina Family Origin

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Messina Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Messina

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Messina Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Messina census records

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Military Service by Messina

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