Jesse Family History

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Jesse Name Meaning

North German: from a short form of the personal name Jesper, a Low German form of Kaspar. South German: from a reduced form of the personal name Johannes (see John). Eastern German (of Slavic origin): topographic name from Czech jes(en) ‘ash tree’. English: from a short form of Jessup. French: from Old French jaisse ‘chick pea’; probably a metonymic occupational name for a grower of chick peas or a topographic name.

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

Similar surnames: Jessel, Jessen, Jeske, Jesser, Jenke, Besse, Sasse, Fosse, Beese

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Jesse Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Jesse name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Jesse. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Jesse Family Origin

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Jesse Family Occupations

What did your Jesse ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Jesse occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 7% of Jesse's were Annuitants. Annuitant, Carpenter and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Jesse. A less common occupation for the Jesse family was Labourer.

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  • Annuitant

  • Carpenter

  • Farmer

  • Labourer


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Jesse Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Jesse. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jesse 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Jesse. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Jesse. For the veterans among your Jesse ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Jesse Life Expectancy

What is the average Jesse lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Jesse life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Jesse in 1948 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Jesse 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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