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Vassar Name Meaning

Altered form of French Vasseur, a status name for a vassal in feudal society, from Old French vasseor, vasseur ‘vassal’. Compare French Levasseur.

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

Similar surnames: Cassar, Vasser, Massar, Vass, Massaro, Lasser, Caesar, Massara

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Where is the Vassar family from?

You can see how Vassar families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Vassar family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Vassar families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Vassar families living in New York. This was about 82% of all the recorded Vassar's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Vassar families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Vassar surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Vassar ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Vassar. 26% of Vassar men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Vassar women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Vassar were Salesman and Bookkeeper.

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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
  • Truck Driver
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housework
  • Laborer
  • Bookkeeper
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Vassar. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vassar 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 742 immigration records available for the last name Vassar. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Vassar. For the veterans among your Vassar ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Vassar lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Vassar life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Vassar in 1953 was 42, and 72 in 2004.

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