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Besser Family History

Besser Name Meaning

German:: occupational name for a collector of fines from Middle High German bezzerære an agent derivative of bezzern ‘to collect fines’. habitational name from any of various places in Germany named Besser Bessing or Bessingen.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Lesser, Nesser, Messer, Busser, Bester, Tesser, Hesser, Esser, Beiser

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Where is the Besser family from?

You can see how Besser families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Besser family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Besser families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 23 Besser families living in Ontario. This was about 59% of all the recorded Besser's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Besser families in 1911.
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What did your Besser ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Clerk was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Besser. 100% of Besser men worked as a Clerk. .

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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 1921

  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Besser. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Besser 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Besser. 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 Cards

There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Besser. For the veterans among your Besser ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Besser lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Besser life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Besser in 1948 was 52, and 76 in 2004.

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