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Hessey Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Hessay in York, named from Old English hæsel ‘hazel(tree)’ + s? ‘marshland’ or eg ‘island’.

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

Similar surnames: Hesley, Hussey, Vessey, Cossey, Fossey, Hensley, Hessen, Wesley

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Where is the Hessey family from?

You can see how Hessey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hessey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hessey families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 15 Hessey families living in Ontario. This was about 45% of all the recorded Hessey's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Hessey families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hessey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hessey ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Hessey. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Hessey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hessey census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 778 immigration records available for the last name Hessey. 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 Cards

There are 957 military records available for the last name Hessey. For the veterans among your Hessey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hessey lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Hessey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Hessey in 1952 was 30, and 73 in 2004.

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