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Jesse Name Meaning

North German: from a short form of the personal name Jesper, a Low German form of Kaspar. South German: from a reduced form of the personal name Johannes (see John). Eastern German (of Slavic origin): topographic name from Czech jes(en) ‘ash tree’. English: from a short form of Jessup. French: from Old French jaisse ‘chick pea’; probably a metonymic occupational name for a grower of chick peas or a topographic name.

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

Similar surnames: Jessel, Jessen, Jeske, Jesser, Jenke, Besse, Sasse, Fosse, Beese

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Where is the Jesse family from?

You can see how Jesse families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jesse family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jesse families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 10 Jesse families living in Virginia. This was about 33% of all the recorded Jesse's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Jesse families in 1840.
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What did your Jesse ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Jesse. 22% of Jesse men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Jesse women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jesse 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Jesse. 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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There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Jesse. For the veterans among your Jesse ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jesse lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Jesse life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Jesse in 1948 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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