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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


Similar surnames: Ganter, Mander, Lander, Wander, Sander, Zander, Glander, Ganser

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Where is the Gander family from?

You can see how Gander families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gander family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gander families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Gander families living in Ohio. This was about 89% of all the recorded Gander's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Gander families in 1840.
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What did your Gander ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gander. 22% of Gander men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Gander women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gander were Operator 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

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Operator
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    18%
  • Teacher
    13%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Maid
    10%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Gander. 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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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Gander. For the veterans among your Gander ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gander lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Gander life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Gander in 1956 was 64, and 75 in 2004.

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