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Ganz Name Meaning

German and Swiss German: variant of Gans ‘goose’. German: from a short form of the Germanic personal name Ganso, a cognate of modern German ganz ‘whole’, ‘all’. German: possibly also from an altered form, under Russian influence, of the personal name Hans, a short form of Johannes (see John). Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German ganz ‘whole’.

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


Similar surnames: Ranz, Gatz, Gant, Gann, Manz, Sanz, Gans, Danz, Janz, Garb

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Where is the Ganz family from?

You can see how Ganz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ganz family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Ganz families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 87 Ganz families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Ganz's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Ganz families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ganz surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ganz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ganz. 16% of Ganz men worked as a Salesman and 13% of Ganz women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ganz were Proprietor and Operator.

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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
    16%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Proprietor
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Bookkeeper
    12%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Operator
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Ganz. 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 41,000 military records available for the last name Ganz. For the veterans among your Ganz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ganz lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Ganz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Ganz in 1952 was 42, and 78 in 2004.

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