Wemyss Family History

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Wemyss Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Wemyss in Fife, named from Old Gaelic uaim ‘cave’, with the addition of the Middle English plural suffix -s. The name is traditionally pronounced ‘weems’.

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

Similar surnames: Weiss, Wells, Leys, West, Hemmes, Ress, Remes, Weeks, Wesp, Demers

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Wemyss Family Origin

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Wemyss Family Occupations

What did your Wemyss ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Annuitant, Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wemyss. The most common Wemyss occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 6% of Wemyss's were Annuitants. A less common occupation for the Wemyss family was Cooper.

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  • Annuitant

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Cooper


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Wemyss Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Wemyss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wemyss 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Wemyss. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Wemyss. For the veterans among your Wemyss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wemyss Life Expectancy

What is the average Wemyss lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Wemyss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1996, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Wemyss in 1957 was 78, and 74 in 2004.

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