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Guess Name Meaning

English: probably a variant of Guest. South German (Güss): topographic name for someone who lived near a torrent or on a flood plain, from Middle High German güsse ‘flood’, ‘flooding’. German: variant of Geis.

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

Similar surnames: Gress, Suess, Grass, Russ, Guss, Gess, Gless, Guest, Mess, Gloss

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Guess Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Guess name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Guess. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Guess Family Origin

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Guess Family Occupations

What did your Guess ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Guess occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 20% of Guess's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Guess family was Agr Lab (Invalid). Agricultural Labourer, Gardner and Straw Plaiter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Guess.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Gardner

  • Straw Plaiter

  • Agr Lab (Invalid)


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Guess Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Guess. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Guess 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Guess. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Guess. For the veterans among your Guess ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Guess Life Expectancy

What is the average Guess lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Guess life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Guess in 1943 was 65, and 70 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Guess

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Guess 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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