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Gess Name Meaning

German: probably from a variant (possibly Slavic) of the Germanic personal name Gero, a short form of the various personal names formed with gar, ger ‘spear’, ‘lance’.

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

Similar surnames: Goss, Geis, Ress, Hess, Bess, Ness, Gress, Wess, Weiss, Guess

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Where is the Gess family from?

You can see how Gess families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gess family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gess families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Gess families living in Kentucky. This was about 38% of all the recorded Gess's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Gess families in 1840.
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What did your Gess ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gess. 21% of Gess men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Gess women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gess were Farm Laborer and Housekeeper.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housework
  • Saleslady
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Gess. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gess 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 Gess. 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 Gess. For the veterans among your Gess ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gess lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Gess life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Gess in 1963 was 60, and 79 in 2004.

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