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Jessen Name Meaning

Danish and North German: patronymic from the North German personal name Jess, a variant of Jens. German: habitational name from any of various places named Jessen, mostly in eastern Germany. German: variant of Jessel.

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

Similar surnames: Jesse, Nessen, Jensen, Jepsen, Jesser, Hessen, Lesser, Essen, Jenssen

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Where is the Jessen family from?

You can see how Jessen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jessen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Jessen families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 48 Jessen families living in California. This was about 16% of all the recorded Jessen's in the USA. California had the highest population of Jessen families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Jessen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Jessen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Jessen. 29% of Jessen men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Jessen women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jessen were Machinist and Waitress.

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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
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Jessen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jessen 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Jessen. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Jessen. For the veterans among your Jessen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jessen lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Jessen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Jessen in 1942 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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