Meissner Family History

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Meissner Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from Meissen in Germany, earlier (968 ad) recorded as Misna, Misina, named for the small river Misna (today Meisabach), whose name is very ancient, probably pre-Slavic. The place was famous in the Middle Ages for the fine linen cloth produced there, and the German surname may also be an occupational name for a manufacturer or seller of such wares.

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

Similar surnames: Reisner, Messner, Messer, Weisser, Essner, Eisner, Meister, Meisner

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Meissner Family Origin

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Meissner Family Occupations

What did your Meissner ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Meissner occupation in the UK was Master Pork Butcher. 33% of Meissner's were Master Pork Butchers. A less common occupation for the Meissner family was Tailor. Master Pork Butcher and Merchant & Comm Agent For... ? were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Meissner.

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  • Master Pork Butcher

  • Merchant & Comm Agent For... ?

  • Tailor


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

Meissner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Meissner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Meissner 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Meissner. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Meissner. For the veterans among your Meissner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Meissner Life Expectancy

What is the average Meissner lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Meissner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Meissner in 1947 was 48, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Meissner

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Meissner 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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