Ess Name Meaning

North German: topographic name for someone living on or owning land that was waterlogged or partly surrounded by water, from Middle Low German es ‘swamp’, ‘water’. Swiss German: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Oss, Ness, Hess, Mess, Ress, Fels, Pels, Hees, Bess, Esse

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Ess Family Origin

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Ess Family Occupations

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In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ess. 22% of Ess men worked as a Laborer and 21% of Ess women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ess were Salesman and Housework

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • New Worker
  • Cook
  • Housework

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Ess Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Ess. For the veterans among your Ess ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ess Life Expectancy

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Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Ess life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1998, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ess in 1959 was 51, and 86 in 2004.

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