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Bissell Name Meaning

English: from Middle English buyscel busshell bysshell ‘bushel measure of grain’ (Old French boissel buissel of Gaulish origin) hence a metonymic occupational name for a grain merchant or factor one who measured grain. The name may also have been applied to a maker of vessels designed to hold or measure out a bushel. Americanized form of German Bissel of unexplained etymology. The surname Bissel is also found in France (Alsace).

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

Similar surnames: Vessell, Fussell, Mussell, Rishell, Boswell, Vassell, Tassell

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Where is the Bissell family from?

You can see how Bissell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bissell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bissell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 59 Bissell families living in New York. This was about 28% of all the recorded Bissell's in USA. New York had the highest population of Bissell families in 1840.
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What did your Bissell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bissell. 13% of Bissell men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Bissell women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bissell were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 53,000 census records available for the last name Bissell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bissell 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Bissell. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Bissell. For the veterans among your Bissell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bissell lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Bissell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Bissell in 1949 was 48, and 79 in 2004.

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