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Gentry Family History

Gentry Name Meaning
English: nickname, sometimes perhaps ironic, from Middle English, Old French genterie ‘nobility of birth or character’. Compare Gentle.

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

1,457,481 Historical Documents with Gentry on Ancestry.com
219,585 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
36,736 Military Records
4,174 Immigration Records
146,711 Census and Voter Lists
1,050,275 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Gentry Families

  • Number of Gentry families
     240 - 478
     81 - 239
     1 - 80
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Gentry families
     230 - 457
     77 - 229
     1 - 76
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Gentry families
     3 - 3
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Gentry census records

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Census records can tell you little-known facts about your ancestors such as birthplace, occupation and value of personal estate.

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Gentry Family Origin

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The information for this chart came from the U.S. Immigration Collection at Ancestry.com. You can find out where the majority of the Gentry families were living before they immigrated to the U.S and learn where to focus your search for foreign records.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival, and destination.

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Gentry Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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You can find out when most of the Gentry families immigrated to the United States. You can focus your search to immigration records dating from that era.

Immigration records can tell you an ancestor's name, ship name, port of departure, port of arrival and destination.

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Average Life Expectancy for Gentry

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family.

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Gentry Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Gentry census records

Census records can offer a lot of little known facts about your Gentry ancestors, such as occupation.

Occupation can tell you about your ancestors' social status and economic status.

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Gentry Civil War Service Records

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You can find out if your ancestors came primarily from the North of the South.

Military records can tell you an ancestor's birthplace, occupation, and even physical description.

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