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Dresser Family History

Dresser Name Meaning

German: eastern variant of Drescher. English: from an agent derivative of Middle English dressen ‘to arrange’ (in certain specific senses), possibly an occupational name for someone who dressed or finished cloth. Compare Fuller.

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

Similar surnames: Presser, Dressler, Dressel, Esser, Brester, Reiser, Dresner, Preiser

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Where is the Dresser family from?

You can see how Dresser families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dresser family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dresser families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 38 Dresser families living in Maine. This was about 29% of all the recorded Dresser's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Dresser families in 1840.
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What did your Dresser ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dresser. 10% of Dresser men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Dresser women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dresser were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Housework
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Dresser. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dresser 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dresser. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Dresser. For the veterans among your Dresser ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dresser lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Dresser life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Dresser in 1950 was 56, and 76 in 2004.

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