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Debes Name Meaning

French (Debès): topographic name from Church Latin bettiu ‘birch tree’, ‘birch wood’ (from Gaulish betu), or a habitational name from any of the places named with this word, of which there are examples in Dordogne, Isère, and Puy-de-Dôme. German: variant of Debus. Hungarian: from the old secular personal name Debes.

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


Similar surnames: Debus, Dees, Hees, Debs, Nebel, Leben, Remes, Debates, Dienes, Denes

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Where is the Debes family from?

You can see how Debes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Debes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Debes families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 22 Debes families living in Indiana. This was about 43% of all the recorded Debes's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Debes families in 1880.
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What did your Debes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Debes. 28% of Debes men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Debes women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Debes were Machinist 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
    28%
  • Farmer
    25%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Machinist
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    34%
  • Beauty Operator
    17%
  • Nurse
    17%
  • Housewife
    17%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 765 immigration records available for the last name Debes. 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 595 military records available for the last name Debes. For the veterans among your Debes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Debes lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Debes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Debes in 1963 was 74, and 68 in 2004.

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