Bessette Family History

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Bessette Name Meaning

French: variant of Besset, from a diminutive of bès ‘birch’, or possibly of French Basset (see Bassette). The ending is not feminine, but reflects the Canadian custom of pronouncing a final -t, which is generally silent in metropolitan French.

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


Similar surnames: Bissette, Bassette, Boulette, Bonnette, Bressette, Bessett, Bissett

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Bessette Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bessette name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bessette. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • France

    35%

  • England & Wales

    30%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    17%

  • Germanic Europe

    5%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    3%

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Bessette Family Origin

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Bessette Family Occupations

What did your Bessette ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Bessette occupation in Canada was Cultivateur. 36% of Bessette's were Cultivateurs. Cultivateur, Cult. and EmployÉ De Manuf. were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bessette. A less common occupation for the Bessette family was Journalier.

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  • Cultivateur

    36%
  • Cult.

    8%
  • EmployÉ De Manuf.

    6%
  • Journalier

    5%

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

Bessette Historical Records

What Bessette family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Bessette. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bessette 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bessette. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Bessette. For the veterans among your Bessette ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bessette Life Expectancy

What is the average Bessette lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Bessette life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bessette in 1946 was 35, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bessette

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bessette 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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