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Gans Family History

Gans Name Meaning

from Dutch and German gans ‘goose’, hence a nickname for a foolish person or a metonymic occupational name for someone who bred or tended geese, or a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a goose. nickname for a healthy or strong person, from Middle Low German gans ‘whole’, ‘complete’, ‘healthy’.

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


Similar surnames: Gaus, Gant, Krans, Ganz, Hand, Lang, Gann, Hans, Gass, Wang

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Where is the Gans family from?

You can see how Gans families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gans family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gans families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Gans families living in Ohio. This was about 32% of all the recorded Gans's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Gans families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gans surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gans ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gans. 14% of Gans men worked as a Salesman and 10% of Gans women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gans were Proprietor and Stenographer.

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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

  • Salesman
    14%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Proprietor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    10%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Stenographer
    8%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Gans. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gans 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Gans. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Gans. For the veterans among your Gans ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gans lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Gans life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Gans in 1949 was 38, and 80 in 2004.

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