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Besch Name Meaning

South German: from a short form of the personal name Sebastian .

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


Similar surnames: Boesch, Pesch, Betsch, Berch, Tesch, Basch, Desch, Beach, Becht

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Where is the Besch family from?

You can see how Besch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Besch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Besch families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Besch family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Besch's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Besch families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Besch surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Besch ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Besch. 21% of Besch men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Besch women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Besch were Painter and Teacher. .

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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
    21%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Truck Driver
    8%
  • Painter
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Besch. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Besch 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 Besch. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Besch. For the veterans among your Besch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Besch lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Besch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Besch in 1955 was 45, and 75 in 2004.

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