Bessent Family History

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Bessent Name Meaning

English: from Middle English besant, the name of a gold coin (via Old French from Latin (nummus) byzantius, so called because it was first minted at Byzantium). The surname arose as a metonymic occupational name for a minter or moneyer or else as a nickname for a man who was considered to be rich or miserly.

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

Similar surnames: Bassett, Bisset, Dessert, Besser, Beese, Nessen, Besson, Bessey

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Bessent Family Origin

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Bessent Family Occupations

What did your Bessent ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Bessent occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Bessent's were Farmers. Farmer, Blacksmith and Clerk In Store were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bessent. A less common occupation for the Bessent family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Blacksmith

  • Clerk In Store

  • Farm Laborer


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Bessent Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Bessent. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bessent 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 227 immigration records available for the last name Bessent. 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 Bessent. For the veterans among your Bessent ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bessent Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bessent life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Bessent in 1940 was 46, and 76 in 2004.

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