Jesse Family History

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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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Jesse Family Origin

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Jesse Family Occupations

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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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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Jesse Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Jesse. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jesse census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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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Draft Card

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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Jesse Life Expectancy

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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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