Bessey Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Bessey Name Meaning

French: habitational name from places in Côte-d’Or and Loire named Bessey, from the Romano-Gallic estate Bassiacum, from the Roman personal name Bassius + the locative suffix -acum.

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

Similar surnames: Bussey, Vessey, Besser, Jessen, Hessey, Nessen, Bester, Hessen

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Bessey Family Origin

Where is the Bessey family from?

Bessey Family Occupations

What did your Bessey ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Bessey occupation in the UK was Fisherman. 10% of Bessey's were Fishermans. A less common occupation for the Bessey family was Gardener. Fisherman, Agricultural Labourer and Coal Merchant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bessey.

View Census data for Bessey | Data not to scale

  • Fisherman

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Merchant

  • Gardener


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

Bessey Historical Records

What Bessey family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Bessey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bessey census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Bessey

Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bessey. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Bessey immigration records

Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Bessey. For the veterans among your Bessey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Bessey military records

You've only scratched the surface of Bessey family history.

Bessey Life Expectancy

What is the average Bessey lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Bessey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Bessey in 1960 was 45, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bessey

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bessey 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.

Look up another name