Essex Family History

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Essex Name Meaning

English: regional name for someone from the county of Essex, which is named from Old English east ‘east’ + Seaxe ‘Saxons’. In England the surname is now particularly common in Birmingham.

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

Similar surnames: Sussex, Esse, Hessey, Hessen, Esser, Elsen, Jesser, Estep, Vessey

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Essex Family Origin

Where is the Essex family from?

Essex Family Occupations

What did your Essex ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Essex family was Bricklayer. The most common Essex occupation in the UK was Labourer. 5% of Essex's were Labourers. Labourer, Agricultural Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Essex.

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  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Bricklayer


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

Essex Historical Records

What Essex family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Essex. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Essex 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 Essex

Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Essex. 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.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Essex. For the veterans among your Essex ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Essex Life Expectancy

What is the average Essex lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Essex life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Essex in 1953 was 42, and 70 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Essex

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Essex 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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