Mess Family History

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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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Mess Family Origin

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Mess Family Occupations

What did your Mess ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Mess family was Carpenter. The most common Mess occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Mess's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mess.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Mess ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Mess Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Mess Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mess ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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