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Bessey Family History

Bessey Name Meaning

French: habitational name from places in Côte-d’Or and Loire named Bessey, from the Romano-Gallic estate Bassiacum, from the Roman personal name Bassius + the locative suffix -acum.

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

Similar surnames: Bussey, Vessey, Besser, Jessen, Hessey, Nessen, Bester, Hessen

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Where is the Bessey family from?

You can see how Bessey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bessey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bessey families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 26 Bessey families living in Massachusetts. This was about 44% of all the recorded Bessey's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Bessey families in 1840.
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What did your Bessey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bessey. 22% of Bessey men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Bessey women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bessey were Proprietor and Housewife. .

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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
  • Manager
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Bessey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bessey 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 Bessey. 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 Bessey. For the veterans among your Bessey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bessey lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Bessey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Bessey in 1960 was 45, and 78 in 2004.

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