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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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Where is the Messina family from?

You can see how Messina families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Messina family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Messina families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 21 Messina families living in Louisiana. This was about 38% of all the recorded Messina's in the USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Messina families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Messina surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Messina ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Messina. 20% of Messina men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Messina women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Messina were Proprietor and Housewife.

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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
    20%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Barber
    5%
  • Proprietor
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Operator
    17%
  • New Worker
    7%
  • Seamstress
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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