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Ressa Name Meaning

Italian and southern French: metonymic occupational name for a sawyer, from Italian ressa ‘saw’ (French raisse).

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

Similar surnames: Resta, Sessa, Reis, Messa, Raspa, Cesta, Bess, Bussa, Cresta, Rega

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Where is the Ressa family from?

You can see how Ressa families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ressa family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Ressa families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 5 Ressa families living in Nebraska. This was about 45% of all the recorded Ressa's in the USA. Nebraska and 1 other state had the highest population of Ressa families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ressa surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ressa ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Labor and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ressa. 19% of Ressa men worked as a Labor and 17% of Ressa women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ressa were Barber and Seamstress.

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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

  • Labor
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Barber

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
  • Laundress
  • Clerk
  • Seamstress
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Ressa. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ressa 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 418 immigration records available for the last name Ressa. 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 174 military records available for the last name Ressa. For the veterans among your Ressa ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ressa lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Ressa life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Ressa in 1945 was 41, and 76 in 2004.

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