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Mess Family History

Mess Name Meaning

South German: possibly a metonymic occupational name for a brazier, from Middle High German mess(e) ‘brass’.

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

Similar surnames: Meiss, Mass, Meis, Hess, Ess, Ress, Meth, Geiss, Ness, Gess

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Where is the Mess family from?

You can see how Mess families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mess family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mess families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Mess families living in Massachusetts. This was about 40% of all the recorded Mess's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Mess families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mess surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mess ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mess. 18% of Mess men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Mess women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mess were Carpenter 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Mess. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mess 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Mess. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Mess. For the veterans among your Mess ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mess lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Mess life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Mess in 1959 was 59, and 69 in 2004.

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