Messina Family History

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Messina Name Meaning

Southern Italian: habitational name from the Sicilian city of this name. It was named Messana in the 5th century bc when it was captured by Anaxilaos of Rhegium; previously it had been known as Zancle. This is a very common surname in Sicily, especially in Palermo and Catania.

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

Similar surnames: Messano, Cassino, Messick, Messineo, Mossing, Tessin, Messana, Medina

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Messina Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Messina name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Messina. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Italy


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Messina Family Origin

Where is the Messina family from?

Messina Family Occupations

What did your Messina ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Messina occupation in the USA was Musician. 25% of Messina's were Musicians. Musician, Field Hand and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Messina. A less common occupation for the Messina family was Sailor.

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  • Musician

  • Field Hand

  • Laborer

  • Sailor


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

Messina Historical Records

What Messina family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Messina. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Messina 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Messina. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Messina. For the veterans among your Messina ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Messina Life Expectancy

What is the average Messina lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Messina life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Messina in 1940 was 42, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Messina

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Messina 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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