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Ness Name Meaning

Scandinavian (especially Norwegian), Scottish, and northern English: topographic name for someone who lived on a headland or promontory, Old Norse nes, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places named with this word; there are over a hundred farms in Norway and many settlements in Scotland and northern England so named English: according to Reaney and Wilson, a variant of Nash. German: habitational name from places called Nesse in Oldenburg and Friesland. German: from a short form of the female personal name Agnes (see Agnes 1).

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


Similar surnames: Noss, Hess, Hees, Nass, Bess, Ress, Neis, Gess, Weiss, Nese

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Where is the Ness family from?

You can see how Ness families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ness family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ness families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 18 Ness families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 78% of all the recorded Ness's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ness families in 1840.
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What did your Ness ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ness. 20% of Ness men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Ness women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ness were Carpenter 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

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Ness. 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 31,000 military records available for the last name Ness. For the veterans among your Ness ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ness lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Ness life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ness in 1944 was 28, and 78 in 2004.

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