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Gander Family History

Gander Name Meaning
English: from Middle English gander, Old English gand(r)a ‘gander’, ‘male goose’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of geese, or a nickname for someone supposedly resembling a gander in some way.English: variant of Ganter.North German: perhaps a habitational name from Gandern in Brandenburg.North German: nickname for a vain or self-important man from ganter ‘male goose’, ‘gander’.South German and Swiss German: habitational name from a place named with Middle High German gant ‘scree’ (Swiss gand), or topographic name for someone living by an area of scree.

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

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Name Distribution of Gander Families

  • Number of Gander families
     23 - 44
     8 - 22
     1 - 7
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Gander families
     280 - 558
     94 - 279
     1 - 93
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Gander families
     4 - 6
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Gander Family Origin

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Gander Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Gander

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Gander Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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