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Beese Name Meaning

English or Welsh (Bristol and Gwent): perhaps a variant of Biss. German: from Middle Low German bese ‘reed’, ‘bulrush’, hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who used reeds in his work, for example a brush maker. Americanized spelling of Biese, a North German variant of 2.

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


Similar surnames: Meese, Reese, Busse, Weese, Feese, Heese, Breese, Bees, Deese, Neese

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Where is the Beese family from?

You can see how Beese families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Beese family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Beese families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Beese family living in Kentucky. This was about 50% of all the recorded Beese's in the USA. Kentucky and 1 other state had the highest population of Beese families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Beese surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Beese ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Beese. 24% of Beese men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Beese women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Beese were Salesman and New Worker.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    24%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    20%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • New Worker
    12%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Beese. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Beese census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Beese. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Beese. For the veterans among your Beese ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Beese lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Beese life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Beese in 1956 was 51, and 73 in 2004.

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