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Messer Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a cutler, from Middle High German mezzer ‘knife’, from Old High German mezzirahs, mezzisahs, a compound of maz ‘food’, ‘meat’ + sahs ‘knife’, ‘sword’. The Jewish name is from German Messer ‘knife’ or Yiddish meser. German: occupational name for an official in charge of measuring the dues paid in kind by tenants, from an agent derivative of Middle High German mezzen ‘to measure’. English and Scottish: occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops, Middle English, Older Scots mess(i)er, from Old French messier (see Messier).

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


Similar surnames: Tesser, Messier, Nesser, Messner, Lesser, Meuser, Weisser, Esser

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Where is the Messer family from?

You can see how Messer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Messer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Messer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 37 Messer families living in New Hampshire. This was about 16% of all the recorded Messer's in the USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Messer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Messer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Messer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Messer. 21% of Messer men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Messer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Messer were Truck Driver 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
    21%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Seamstress
    6%
  • Waitress
    6%
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Census Records

There are 78,000 census records available for the last name Messer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Messer 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Messer. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Messer. For the veterans among your Messer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Messer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Messer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Messer in 1944 was 21, and 72 in 2004.

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