Gess Family History

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Gess Name Meaning

German: probably from a variant (possibly Slavic) of the Germanic personal name Gero, a short form of the various personal names formed with gar, ger ‘spear’, ‘lance’.

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

Similar surnames: Goss, Geis, Ress, Hess, Bess, Ness, Gress, Wess, Weiss, Guess

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Gess Family Origin

Where is the Gess family from?

Gess Family Occupations

What did your Gess ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Gess occupation in Canada was Cultivateur. 50% of Gess's were Cultivateurs. Cultivateur, Blacksmith and Cultivateur Son were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gess. A less common occupation for the Gess family was Journalier.

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  • Cultivateur

  • Blacksmith

  • Cultivateur Son

  • Journalier


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

Gess Historical Records

What Gess family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Gess. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gess 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 Gess. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Gess. For the veterans among your Gess ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gess Life Expectancy

What is the average Gess lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Gess life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Gess in 1963 was 60, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gess

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gess 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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