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Ness Surname Meaning

Norwegian Scottish and English (East Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived on a headland or promontory Old Norse nes Old English næss Middle English nes(se) nas(s)e noss or a habitational name from any of numerous places called with this word; there are over a hundred farms in Norway and many settlements in Scotland and northern England so named. Scottish: from the Gaelic personal name Ness itself possibly from Old Irish ness ‘weasel’. German: habitational name from any of the places called Nesse in Oldenburg and Friesland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Noss, Hess, Hees, Nass, Bess, Ress, Neis, Gess, Weiss, Nese

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Where is the Ness family from?

You can see how Ness families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ness family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ness families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 153 Ness families living in Yorkshire. This was about 40% of all the recorded Ness's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Ness families in 1891.
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What did your Ness ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ness. 22% of Ness men worked as a Bricklayer and 85% of Ness women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ness were Joiner and Unpaid Domestic. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Bricklayer
  • General Labourer
  • Retired
  • Joiner

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Incapacitated
  • Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Ness. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Ness. For the veterans among your Ness ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ness lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Ness life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ness in 1944 was 28, and 78 in 2004.

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