Gessel Family History

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Gessel Name Meaning

South German: probably a variant spelling of Gessele or Gessl, diminutives of Gasse ‘alley’, ‘side street’, a topographic name for someone who lived in a side street or alley.

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

Similar surnames: Fessel, Jessel, Kessel, Ressel, Fassel, Gesser, Hessel, Gressel

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Gessel Family Origin

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Gessel Family Occupations

What did your Gessel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Gessel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Gessel's were Farmers. Farmer, Butcher and Catholic Priest were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gessel. A less common occupation for the Gessel family was Farme.

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  • Farmer

  • Butcher

  • Catholic Priest

  • Farme


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

Gessel Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Gessel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gessel 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 518 immigration records available for the last name Gessel. 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 420 military records available for the last name Gessel. For the veterans among your Gessel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gessel Life Expectancy

What is the average Gessel lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Gessel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Gessel in 1958 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gessel 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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