Ness Family History

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Ness Name Meaning

Scandinavian (especially Norwegian), Scottish, and northern English: topographic name for someone who lived on a headland or promontory, Old Norse nes, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places named with this word; there are over a hundred farms in Norway and many settlements in Scotland and northern England so named English: according to Reaney and Wilson, a variant of Nash. German: habitational name from places called Nesse in Oldenburg and Friesland. German: from a short form of the female personal name Agnes (see Agnes 1).

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

Similar surnames: Noss, Hess, Hees, Nass, Bess, Ress, Neis, Gess, Weiss, Nese

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Ness Family Origin

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Ness Family Occupations

What did your Ness ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Ness family was Labourer. The most common Ness occupation in Canada was Farmer. 34% of Ness's were Farmers. Farmer, Carpenter and Student were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ness.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Student

  • Labourer


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Ness Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 85,000 census records available for the last name Ness. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ness 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Ness. 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 31,000 military records available for the last name Ness. For the veterans among your Ness ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ness Life Expectancy

What is the average Ness lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Ness life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ness in 1944 was 28, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ness 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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