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Esch Family History

Esch Name Meaning

habitational name from any of several places named Esch, from Old High German asc ‘ash’, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a prominent ash tree. from Middle High German ezzisch ‘seeded field’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by an area where grain was grown or perhaps a status name for someone who owned such land.

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


Similar surnames: Eich, Asch, Pesch, Desch, Eisch, Beach, Mesch, Leach, Gesch, Roch

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Where is the Esch family from?

You can see how Esch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Esch family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Esch families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Esch families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Esch's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Esch families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Esch surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Esch ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Esch. 28% of Esch men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Esch women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Esch were Farm Laborer 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

  • Farmer
    28%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Farm Laborer
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    14%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Housework
    9%
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Esch. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Esch 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 Esch. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Esch. For the veterans among your Esch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Esch lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Esch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Esch in 1949 was 54, and 74 in 2004.

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