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Jessel Name Meaning

German: derivative of Jesse . English: perhaps a variant of Chessell with voicing of initial /ʧ/ to /ʤ/ spelled J-. This is a habitational name either from Chesthill a lost place in Moreton Say and Stoke upon Tern (Shropshire) or from Chessell Freshwater (Isle of Wight). Both placenames are spelled as Chesthull in medieval records but the Shropshire name is thought to refer to a hill (Old English hyll) where parish boundaries were disputed (the first element is Old English ceast ‘strife contention’) whereas the Isle of Wight name refers to a hill where burial chests or coffins were found (the first element is Old English cest ‘chest’) probably referring to the 6th-century pagan cemetery on Chessell Down. French: diminutive of Jesse . Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Yiddish Yossel Yessell a pet form of the personal name Josef (see Joseph ).

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


Similar surnames: Jesse, Jesser, Hessel, Ressel, Gessel, Kessel, Wessel, Kessen, Fessel

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You can see how Jessel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jessel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jessel families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 12 Jessel families living in Ontario. This was about 92% of all the recorded Jessel's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Jessel families in 1911.
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In 1921, Storekeeper was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Jessel. 100% of Jessel men worked as a Storekeeper. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Storekeeper
    100%
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Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Jessel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Jessel in 1950 was 45, and 90 in 2004.

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