Gessner Family History

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Gessner Name Meaning

German: variant of Gasser. Swiss German: occupational name for a goat herd, from Middle High German geiz ‘goat’ + -(n)er agent suffix.

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

Similar surnames: Gassner, Messner, Geiser, Esser, Nesser, Eisner, Gensler, Flessner

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Gessner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gessner name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gessner. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Gessner Family Origin

Where is the Gessner family from?

Gessner Family Occupations

What did your Gessner ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Cultivateur and Cultivateur Son were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Gessner. The most common Gessner occupation in Canada was Cultivateur. 67% of Gessner's were Cultivateurs.

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  • Cultivateur

  • Cultivateur Son


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

Gessner Historical Records

What Gessner family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Gessner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gessner 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Gessner. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Gessner. For the veterans among your Gessner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gessner Life Expectancy

What is the average Gessner lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Gessner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Gessner in 1951 was 45, and 68 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gessner

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gessner 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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