Hess Family History

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Hess Name Meaning

German, Dutch, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): regional name for someone from the territory of Hesse (German Hessen). South German: from a short form of the personal name Matthäus (see Matthew). German and Dutch: from the Germanic personal name Hesso.

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


Similar surnames: Hass, Huss, Heiss, Ness, Hees, Gess, Heis, Hiss, Ress, Hehl

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Hess Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hess name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    46%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    16%

  • Germanic Europe

    15%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    5%

  • Norway

    3%

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Hess Family Origin

Where is the Hess family from?

Hess Family Occupations

What did your Hess ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Hess occupation in Canada was Farmer. 42% of Hess's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Hess family was Scholar. Farmer, Student and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hess.

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  • Farmer

    42%
  • Student

    8%
  • Labourer

    5%
  • Scholar

    5%

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

Hess Historical Records

What Hess family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 267,000 census records available for the last name Hess. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hess 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 34,000 immigration records available for the last name Hess. 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 86,000 military records available for the last name Hess. For the veterans among your Hess ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hess Life Expectancy

What is the average Hess lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hess life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Hess in 1940 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hess

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hess 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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