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Ess Family History

Ess Name Meaning

North German: topographic name for someone living on or owning land that was waterlogged or partly surrounded by water from Middle Low German es ‘swamp water’. Swiss German: from the topographic name Ess ‘grazing area pasture’. Swiss German: from a vernacular short form of the personal name Oswald . American shortened form of Dutch Van Ess .

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


Similar surnames: Oss, Ness, Hess, Mess, Ress, Fels, Pels, Hees, Bess, Esse

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Where is the Ess family from?

You can see how Ess families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ess family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ess families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 3 Ess families living in Alberta. This was 100% of all the recorded Ess's in Canada. Alberta had the highest population of Ess families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ess surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ess ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ess. 22% of Ess men worked as a Laborer and 21% of Ess women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ess were Salesman and Housework. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Carpenter
    8%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    21%
  • New Worker
    11%
  • Cook
    11%
  • Housework
    11%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Ess. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ess 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ess. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Ess. For the veterans among your Ess ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ess lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Ess life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1998, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Ess in 1959 was 51, and 86 in 2004.

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