Wessels Family History

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Wessels Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: patronymic from the personal name Wessel 1.

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

Similar surnames: Wessel, Wessells, Wesseler, Kessel, Wessell, Hessel, Ressel, Esters

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Wessels Family Origin

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Wessels Family Occupations

What did your Wessels ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Wessels family was Laborer. Farmer, Farmer Son and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wessels. The most common Wessels occupation in Canada was Farmer. 41% of Wessels's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farmer Son

  • Blacksmith

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Wessels ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Wessels Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Wessels. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wessels 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Wessels. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Wessels. For the veterans among your Wessels ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wessels Life Expectancy

What is the average Wessels lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Wessels life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Wessels in 1951 was 48, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wessels

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wessels 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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