Wessel Family History

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Wessel Name Meaning

Dutch and German: from a pet form of the personal name Werner. German: habitational name from Wessel in Saxony.

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

Similar surnames: Hessel, Ressel, Kessel, Wessels, Weisel, Wendel, Jessel, Nessel

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Wessel Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wessel name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wessel. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Wessel Family Origin

Where is the Wessel family from?

Wessel Family Occupations

What did your Wessel ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wessel. The most common Wessel occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Wessel's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Wessel family was Tailor.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Tailor


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

Wessel Historical Records

What Wessel family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Wessel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wessel 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Wessel. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Wessel. For the veterans among your Wessel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wessel Life Expectancy

What is the average Wessel lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Wessel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Wessel in 1951 was 69, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wessel

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wessel 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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