Messer Family History

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Messer Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a cutler, from Middle High German mezzer ‘knife’, from Old High German mezzirahs, mezzisahs, a compound of maz ‘food’, ‘meat’ + sahs ‘knife’, ‘sword’. The Jewish name is from German Messer ‘knife’ or Yiddish meser. German: occupational name for an official in charge of measuring the dues paid in kind by tenants, from an agent derivative of Middle High German mezzen ‘to measure’. English and Scottish: occupational name for someone who kept watch over harvested crops, Middle English, Older Scots mess(i)er, from Old French messier (see Messier).

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

Similar surnames: Tesser, Messier, Nesser, Messner, Lesser, Meuser, Weisser, Esser

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Messer Family Origin

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Messer Family Occupations

What did your Messer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Messer family was Carter. The most common Messer occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Messer's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Carman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Messer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Carman

  • Carter


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

Messer Historical Records

What Messer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 78,000 census records available for the last name Messer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Messer 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Messer. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Messer. For the veterans among your Messer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Messer Life Expectancy

What is the average Messer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Messer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Messer in 1944 was 21, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Messer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Messer 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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