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Messier Name Meaning

French: occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops Old French messier ‘harvest master’ (from Late Latin messicarius an agent derivative of messis ‘harvest’). Compare Machia 2 Macia 3 and Macie

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

Similar surnames: Messer, Tessier, Messner, Meunier, Tessler, Lussier, Meiser, Meester

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Where is the Messier family from?

You can see how Messier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Messier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Messier families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 62 Messier families living in Massachusetts. This was about 34% of all the recorded Messier's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Messier families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Messier surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Messier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Messier. 20% of Messier men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Messier women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Messier were Carpenter and Secretary. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Secretary
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What Messier family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Messier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Messier 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Messier. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Messier. For the veterans among your Messier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Messier lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Messier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Messier in 1942 was 31, and 77 in 2004.

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