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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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Where is the Besse family from?

You can see how Besse families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Besse family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Besse families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Besse families living in Maine. This was about 55% of all the recorded Besse's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Besse families in 1840.
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What did your Besse ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Besse. 15% of Besse men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Besse women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Besse were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Waitress
  • Clerk
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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