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Hess Name Meaning

German, Dutch, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): regional name for someone from the territory of Hesse (German Hessen). South German: from a short form of the personal name Matthäus (see Matthew). German and Dutch: from the Germanic personal name Hesso.

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


Similar surnames: Hass, Huss, Heiss, Ness, Hees, Gess, Heis, Hiss, Ress, Hehl

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Where is the Hess family from?

You can see how Hess families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hess family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hess families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 331 Hess families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 47% of all the recorded Hess's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hess families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hess surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hess ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hess. 13% of Hess men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Hess women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hess were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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
    13%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 267,000 census records available for the last name Hess. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hess 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 34,000 immigration records available for the last name Hess. 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 86,000 military records available for the last name Hess. For the veterans among your Hess ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hess lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hess life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Hess in 1940 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

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