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Gilchriest Family History

Gilchriest Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Gilchrist, Gilchrest, Gilcrest, Christ, Griest, Vilches, Ghrist

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Where is the Gilchriest family from?

You can see how Gilchriest families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gilchriest family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gilchriest families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1840 there were 2 Gilchriest families living in Kentucky. This was about 50% of all the recorded Gilchriest's in USA. Kentucky and 1 other state had the highest population of Gilchriest families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gilchriest surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gilchriest ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gilchriest. 28% of Gilchriest men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Gilchriest women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gilchriest were Machinist and Housewife. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    28%
  • Mechanic
    11%
  • Labor
    11%
  • Machinist
    11%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    34%
  • Clerical Work
    23%
  • Cook
    23%
  • Housewife
    23%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Gilchriest. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilchriest census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 511 immigration records available for the last name Gilchriest. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 211 military records available for the last name Gilchriest. For the veterans among your Gilchriest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gilchriest lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Gilchriest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Gilchriest in 1954 was 68, and 80 in 2004.

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