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Wessel Name Meaning

Dutch and German: from a pet form of the personal name Werner. German: habitational name from Wessel in Saxony.

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


Similar surnames: Hessel, Ressel, Kessel, Wessels, Weisel, Wendel, Jessel, Nessel

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Where is the Wessel family from?

You can see how Wessel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wessel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wessel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Wessel families living in New York. This was about 55% of all the recorded Wessel's in USA. New York had the highest population of Wessel families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wessel surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wessel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wessel. 22% of Wessel men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Wessel women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wessel were Farm Laborer and Saleslady. .

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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
    22%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Saleslady
    7%
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Census Records

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Wessel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wessel 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Wessel. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Wessel. For the veterans among your Wessel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wessel lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Wessel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Wessel in 1951 was 69, and 78 in 2004.

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