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Jesse Surname Meaning

North German: from a short form of the personal name Jesper a Low German form of Kaspar an equivalent of Casper . North German: variant of Jess . South German: from a shortened form of the personal name Johannes (see John ). English: from a pet form of the Middle English personal name Jessup a variant of Joseph . Pronunciation of the English surname as two syllables is the result of confusion of the written form of this name with the Biblical personal name Jesse (meaning ‘gift’ in Hebrew) the name of the father of King David (I Samuel 16). French: variant of Gesse from gesse ‘vetchling’ a metonymic occupational name for a grower of vetchling (a kind of edible plant formerly grown for its medicinal properties) or a topographic name for someone living in a place where such plants grew in abundance. This surname is rare in France.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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You can see how Jesse families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jesse family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jesse families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 72 Jesse families living in London. This was about 21% of all the recorded Jesse's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Jesse families in 1891.
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What did your Jesse ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Jesse. 73% of Jesse women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Duties
  • Student
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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