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: unexplained.

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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Ess Family Origin

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Ess Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Ess occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Ess's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Ess family was Farming. Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ess.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter

  • Farming


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Ess Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Ess Life Expectancy

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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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