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Meese Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Meece. German and Dutch: nickname from the bird name mees ‘titmouse’, or a metonymic occupational name for a bird-catcher. Dutch: possibly a metonymic occupational name for a basketweaver, from Middle Dutch mese ‘(fish) basket’. Dutch: patronymic from a short form of the personal name Bartolomeus.

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


Similar surnames: Meise, Beese, Reese, Mente, Neese, Meece, Feese, Mense, Heese, Mees

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Where is the Meese family from?

You can see how Meese families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Meese family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Meese families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 29 Meese families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 53% of all the recorded Meese's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Meese families in 1840.
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What did your Meese ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Meese. 19% of Meese men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Meese women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Meese were Clerk and Housework.

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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
    19%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    17%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • School Teacher
    7%
  • Housework
    7%
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Meese. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Meese 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Meese. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Meese. For the veterans among your Meese ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Meese lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Meese life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Meese in 1945 was 24, and 80 in 2004.

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