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Mense Name Meaning

North German: patronymic from a short form of any of the group of personal names identified at Mein.

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

Similar surnames: Mensen, Mente, Meese, Mende, Sens, Muns, Jenke, Menke, Hense, Fenske

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Where is the Mense family from?

You can see how Mense families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mense family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mense families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there was 1 Mense family living in New Jersey. This was 100% of all the recorded Mense's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Mense families in 1840.
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What did your Mense ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mense. 42% of Mense men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Mense women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mense were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Servant
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Mense. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mense 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 829 immigration records available for the last name Mense. 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 912 military records available for the last name Mense. For the veterans among your Mense ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mense lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Mense life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Mense in 1964 was 87, and 90 in 2004.

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