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Gable Name Meaning

Northern English: of uncertain origin, perhaps a habitational name from a minor place named with Old Norse gafl ‘gable’, which was applied to a triangular-shaped hill. The mountain called Great Gable in Cumbria is named in this way. Americanized spelling of German and Jewish Gabel. Possibly an altered spelling of German Göbel (see Goebel).

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


Similar surnames: Gabler, Cable, Gamble, Goble, Gabel, Galle, Sable, Gabe, Hable, Gale

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Where is the Gable family from?

You can see how Gable families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gable family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gable families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 55 Gable families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 48% of all the recorded Gable's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gable families in 1840.
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What did your Gable ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gable. 19% of Gable men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Gable women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gable were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Maid
    5%
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Census Records

There are 53,000 census records available for the last name Gable. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gable 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Gable. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Gable. For the veterans among your Gable ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gable lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gable life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Gable in 1944 was 62, and 71 in 2004.

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