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Guess Family History

Guess Name Meaning

English: probably a variant of Guest. South German (Güss): topographic name for someone who lived near a torrent or on a flood plain, from Middle High German güsse ‘flood’, ‘flooding’. German: variant of Geis.

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


Similar surnames: Gress, Suess, Grass, Russ, Guss, Gess, Gless, Guest, Mess, Gloss

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Where is the Guess family from?

You can see how Guess families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Guess family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Guess families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 19 Guess families living in Kentucky. This was about 25% of all the recorded Guess's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Guess families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Guess surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Guess ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Guess. 27% of Guess men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Guess women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Guess were Farming and Cook.

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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
    27%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Farming
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    12%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Cook
    8%
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Census Records

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Guess. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Guess 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 Guess. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Guess. For the veterans among your Guess ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Guess lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Guess life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Guess in 1943 was 65, and 70 in 2004.

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