Besse Family History

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Besse Name Meaning

Southern French: topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or in a birch wood, from Late Latin bettia ‘birch wood’, a word of Gaulish origin.

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

Similar surnames: Beste, Jesse, Beise, Fosse, Basse, Bosse, Bessey, Bosso, Beese, Beske

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Besse Family Origin

Where is the Besse family from?

Besse Family Occupations

What did your Besse ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Besse. The most common Besse occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Besse's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Besse family was Nailer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Nailer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Besse ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Besse Historical Records

What Besse family records will you find?

Census Record

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

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Besse. 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 Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Besse. For the veterans among your Besse ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Besse Life Expectancy

What is the average Besse lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Besse life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Besse in 1950 was 73, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Besse

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Besse ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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