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Wassum Family History

Wassum Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead in Akershus named Wassum, from Old Norse vatn ‘lake’ + endi ‘end’. Probably an altered form of Wasson.

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


Similar surnames: Wassom, Fossum, Rossum, Massey, Kasun, Nassau, Kassen, Kissam, Gassen

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Where is the Wassum family from?

You can see how Wassum families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wassum family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1840 and 1920. The most Wassum families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Wassum families living in Virginia. This was about 43% of all the recorded Wassum's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Wassum families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wassum surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wassum ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wassum. 35% of Wassum men worked as a Farmer and 37% of Wassum women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wassum were Machinist 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
    35%
  • Laborer
    32%
  • Carpenter
    9%
  • Machinist
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    37%
  • Waitress
    28%
  • Housekeeper
    19%
  • Housewife
    19%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Wassum. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wassum 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 200 immigration records available for the last name Wassum. 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 473 military records available for the last name Wassum. For the veterans among your Wassum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wassum lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Wassum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Wassum in 1963 was 69, and 75 in 2004.

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