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Kessen Family History

Kessen Name Meaning

Scottish (Lanarkshire): Anglicized form of Gaelic Cessán a side-form of Cessóg a personal name of unexplained etymology borne by a 6th-century bishop and martyr. This surname is rare in Britain. North German and Dutch: patronymic from Kes a pet form of the personal name Christian .

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

Similar surnames: Kesten, Kessel, Jessen, Nessen, Tessin, Hessen, Ebsen, Nissen, Jepsen

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Where is the Kessen family from?

You can see how Kessen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kessen family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kessen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 25 Kessen families living in Ohio. This was about 45% of all the recorded Kessen's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Kessen families in 1880.
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What did your Kessen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kessen. 26% of Kessen men worked as a Laborer and 38% of Kessen women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kessen were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Machinist
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Saleslady
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Kessen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kessen 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 617 immigration records available for the last name Kessen. 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 469 military records available for the last name Kessen. For the veterans among your Kessen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kessen lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Kessen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Kessen in 1963 was 76, and 72 in 2004.

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