Bissell Family History

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Bissell Name Meaning

English: from Middle English buyscel, busshell, bysshell ‘bushel’, ‘measure of grain’ (Old French boissel, buissel, of Gaulish origin), hence a metonymic occupational name for a grain merchant or factor, one who measured grain. The name may also have been applied to a maker of vessels designed to hold or measure out a bushel. English: from a diminutive of Biss. Respelling of German Biesel, a habitational name from Bisel in Alsace.

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

Similar surnames: Vessell, Fussell, Mussell, Rishell, Boswell, Vassell, Tassell

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Bissell Family Origin

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Bissell Family Occupations

What did your Bissell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Bissell occupation in Canada was Farmer. 53% of Bissell's were Farmers. Farmer, Tinsmith and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bissell. A less common occupation for the Bissell family was Scholar.

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  • Farmer

  • Tinsmith

  • Farm Laborer

  • Scholar


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

Bissell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 53,000 census records available for the last name Bissell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bissell 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Bissell. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Bissell. For the veterans among your Bissell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bissell Life Expectancy

What is the average Bissell lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Bissell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Bissell in 1949 was 48, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bissell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bissell 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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