Sussex Family History

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Sussex Name Meaning

English: regional name for someone from the county of Sussex, named ‘(territory of) the South Saxons’, from Old English suth + Seaxe.

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

Similar surnames: Essex, Hussey, Fossey, Sasser, Bussey, Esse, Susan, Busse, Mussey

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Sussex Family Origin

Where is the Sussex family from?

Sussex Family Occupations

What did your Sussex ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Sussex occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 14% of Sussex's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Coal Miner and Glover were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sussex. A less common occupation for the Sussex family was Porter.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Glover

  • Porter


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

Sussex Historical Records

What Sussex family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Sussex. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sussex census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Sussex

Passenger List

There are 627 immigration records available for the last name Sussex. 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 522 military records available for the last name Sussex. For the veterans among your Sussex ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sussex Life Expectancy

What is the average Sussex lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Sussex life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sussex in 1952 was 43, and 96 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sussex

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sussex 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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