Lesser Family History

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Lesser Name Meaning

German: habitational name for someone from any of several places named Lesse, for example in Lower Saxony. German: variant of Leser. Dutch: occupational name for a fireman, from an agent derivative of Middle Dutch lesschen, lessen ‘to extinguish’.

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

Similar surnames: Tesser, Nesser, Besser, Messer, Lessner, Esser, Lesner, Leser, Lasser

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Lesser Family Origin

Where is the Lesser family from?

Lesser Family Occupations

What did your Lesser ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Lesser occupation in the UK was Tailor. 26% of Lesser's were Tailors. Tailor, Annuitant and Cigar Manfr 4 Hands were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lesser. A less common occupation for the Lesser family was Cotton Porter.

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  • Tailor

  • Annuitant

  • Cigar Manfr 4 Hands

  • Cotton Porter


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

Lesser Historical Records

What Lesser family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Lesser. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lesser 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Lesser. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Lesser. For the veterans among your Lesser ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lesser Life Expectancy

What is the average Lesser lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Lesser life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Lesser in 1945 was 46, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lesser

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lesser 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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