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Sussex Family History

Sussex Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the English county of Sussex named ‘(territory of) the South Saxons’ from Old English sūth ‘south southern’ + Seaxe ‘Saxons’.

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

Similar surnames: Essex, Hussey, Fossey, Sasser, Bussey, Esse, Susan, Busse, Mussey

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Where is the Sussex family from?

You can see how Sussex families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sussex family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Sussex families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 6 Sussex families living in Ontario. This was about 75% of all the recorded Sussex's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Sussex families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sussex surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sussex ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cultivateur was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Sussex. 50% of Sussex men worked as a Cultivateur. .

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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

  • Cultivateur
  • Comptable
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What Sussex family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Sussex. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sussex 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 627 immigration records available for the last name Sussex. 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 522 military records available for the last name Sussex. For the veterans among your Sussex ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sussex lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Sussex life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sussex in 1952 was 43, and 96 in 2004.

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