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Desch Family History

Desch Name Meaning

South German: variant of Tasch a metonymic occupational name for maker of bags and purses or a topographic name for someone who lived by a field with irregular angles.

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


Similar surnames: Esch, Deich, Pesch, Dusch, Dosch, Mesch, Dech, Dasch, Pech, Leach

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Where is the Desch family from?

You can see how Desch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Desch family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Desch families were found in USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 72 Desch families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 29% of all the recorded Desch's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Desch families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Desch surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Desch ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Desch. 11% of Desch men worked as a Laborer and 21% of Desch women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Desch were Clerk and Housework. .

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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
    11%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    21%
  • Stenographer
    19%
  • Teacher
    17%
  • Housework
    10%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Desch. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Desch 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 Desch. 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 Desch. For the veterans among your Desch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Desch lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Desch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Desch in 1953 was 45, and 71 in 2004.

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