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Bessett Name Meaning

Altered form of French Bessette 1 or Besset (see Bessette ).

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

Similar surnames: Bessette, Bissett, Bissette, Bassett, Bisset, Fossett, Bessert

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Where is the Bessett family from?

You can see how Bessett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bessett family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bessett families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Bessett families living in Ohio. This was about 33% of all the recorded Bessett's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Bessett families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bessett surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bessett ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bessett. 19% of Bessett men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Bessett women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bessett were Carpenter and Saleslady. .

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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
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housework
  • Teacher
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Bessett. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bessett 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 Bessett. 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 524 military records available for the last name Bessett. For the veterans among your Bessett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bessett lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Bessett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1990, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Bessett in 1963 was 86, and 80 in 2004.

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