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Besse Name Meaning

Southern French: topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or in a birch wood, from Late Latin bettia ‘birch wood’, a word of Gaulish origin.

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


Similar surnames: Beste, Jesse, Beise, Fosse, Basse, Bosse, Bessey, Bosso, Beese, Beske

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Besse Family Origin

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Besse Family Occupations

What did your Besse ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Besse family was Tailor. Lumber Merchant, Bedeau and Lumberer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Besse. The most common Besse occupation in Canada was Lumber Merchant. 40% of Besse's were Lumber Merchants.

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  • Lumber Merchant

    40%
  • Bedeau

    20%
  • Lumberer

    20%
  • Tailor

    20%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Besse ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Besse Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Besse. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Besse census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Besse. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Besse. For the veterans among your Besse ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Besse Life Expectancy

What is the average Besse lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Besse life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Besse in 1950 was 73, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Besse

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Besse ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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