History of your Surname
Get access to Gage family records.Start a free trial

Gage Family History

Gage Name Meaning

English: from Middle English, Old French ga(u)ge ‘measure’, probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for an assayer, an official who was in charge of checking weights and measures. English and French: from Middle English, Old French gage ‘pledge’, ‘surety’ (against which money was lent), and therefore a metonymic occupational name for a moneylender or usurer.

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


Similar surnames: Gale, Gager, Page, Cage, Sage, Gange, Cape, Game, Kage, Gade

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Gage family from?

You can see how Gage families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gage family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gage families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 191 Gage families living in New York. This was about 35% of all the recorded Gage's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Gage families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gage surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gage ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gage. 19% of Gage men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Gage women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gage were Clerk and Stenographer.

View Census data for Gage | Data not to scale

*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
    19%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Stenographer
    5%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Gage family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 134,000 census records available for the last name Gage. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gage census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Gage

Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Gage. 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.

View all Gage immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 21,000 military records available for the last name Gage. For the veterans among your Gage ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Gage military records

You've only scratched the surface of Gage family history.

Discover More

What is the average Gage lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gage life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gage in 1944 was 29, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gage

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Gage family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial