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Meise Name Meaning

German: nickname, probably for someone who was agile, from Middle High German meise ‘titmouse’; or perhaps in some cases a metonymic occupational name for a fowler (a bird catcher). German: habitational name from any of several places called Meise or Meisa. German: occupational name for someone who made panniers or used one in his work, Middle High German meise. Dutch: variant of Meis 4.

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

Similar surnames: Meisel, Meese, Meiser, Zeise, Reise, Meis, Leise, Weiss, Beese, Meiss

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Where is the Meise family from?

You can see how Meise families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Meise family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Meise families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Meise family living in Mississippi. This was about 50% of all the recorded Meise's in the USA. Mississippi and 1 other state had the highest population of Meise families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Meise surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Meise ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Meise. 24% of Meise men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Meise women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Meise were Foreman 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Foreman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Helper
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Meise. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Meise 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 952 immigration records available for the last name Meise. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Meise. For the veterans among your Meise ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Meise lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Meise life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Meise in 1962 was 71, and 92 in 2004.

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