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Origin and Meaning of Fess

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
A band drawn horizontally across the center of an escutcheon, and containing in breadth the third part of it; one of the nine honorable ordinaries.

Etymology: OF. fesse faisse, F. fasce, fr. L. fascia band. See Fascia

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shield

From confess, by shortening.

From Old French fesse, an alteration of faisse, from Latin fascia

  1. (heraldry) A horizontal band across the middle of the shield.

    fess was also found in the following language(s): Hungarian and Old Irish

    Notable Persons Named Fess

    Fess Parker was an actor, singer, winemaker, resort owner-operator, and viticulture. His career lasted from 1950 to 2007. Fess was given the name Fess Elisha Parker, Jr. on August 16th, 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas. He died on March 18th, 2010.


    Fess Williams was a jazz and swing music musician. He plays Clarinet and Alto saxophone. He was most prominent from 1920 to 1920. Fess was given the name Stanley R. Williams on April 10th, 1894 in Danville, Kentucky. Fess is also known as Professor and "Fess". He breathed his last breath on December 17th, 1975.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Fess

    Simeon Davison Fess was an office holder. Simeon was born on December 11th, 1861 in Harrod, Ohio. He passed away on December 23rd, 1936.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Fess U.S.
      White 95.90% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.43% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.07% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.60% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Fess

    People with the last name Fess are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Fess

    • How Popular is the name Fess? Fess is the 83,789th most popular name of all time. As a last name Fess was the 39,212th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Fess have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Fess in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fess? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1919 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Fess first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fess is Thursday, October 18th, 1883.
    • What year had the most people named Fess born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fess was in 1919 with a total of 5 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Fess: Your name in reverse order is Ssef. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sefs. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Fess? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 561 people with the last name Fess.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fess? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Fess as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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