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Essen Name Meaning

German: habitational name from any of several places called Essen for example in the Ruhr. English: variant of Esson (see Easton ).

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

Similar surnames: Nessen, Jessen, Elsen, Hessen, Esson, Esse, Gassen, Tessin, Olsen

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Where is the Essen family from?

You can see how Essen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Essen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Essen families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Essen family living in Virginia. This was 100% of all the recorded Essen's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Essen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Essen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Essen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Essen. 36% of Essen men worked as a Farmer and 23% of Essen women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Essen were Carpenter and Nurse. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Manager
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housework
  • Stenographer
  • Nurse
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What Essen family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Essen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Essen 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Essen. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Essen. For the veterans among your Essen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Essen lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Essen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Essen in 1941 was 31, and 74 in 2004.

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