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 Family Origin

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Hess Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    42%
  • Student

    8%
  • Labourer

    5%
  • Scholar

    5%

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

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Between 1940 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hess

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