Chess Family History

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Chess Name Meaning

English (Gloucestershire): unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Cressy, Bess, Chesson, Check, Che, Cross, Crees, Chesser, Chee

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Chess Family Origin

Where is the Chess family from?

Chess Family Occupations

What did your Chess ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Chess family was Keeping House. Farmer, Dentist and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Chess. The most common Chess occupation in the USA was Farmer. 53% of Chess's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Dentist

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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

Chess Historical Records

What Chess family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Chess. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chess 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 827 immigration records available for the last name Chess. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Chess. For the veterans among your Chess ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Chess Life Expectancy

What is the average Chess lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Chess life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Chess in 1946 was 53, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Chess

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Chess 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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