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Garber Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a reaper or harvester, or for someone who collected wheatsheaves owed in rent, from an agent derivative of Middle English garbe ‘wheatsheaf’ (see Garbe). North German: from a personal name composed of geri, gari ‘spear’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. North German form of Gerber. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Gerber, from Yiddish garber.

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


Similar surnames: Garbe, Garner, Barber, Farber, Arber, Gaber, Garbers, Gerber, Karber

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Where is the Garber family from?

You can see how Garber families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Garber family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Garber families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 53 Garber families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 41% of all the recorded Garber's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Garber families in 1840.
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What did your Garber ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Garber. 16% of Garber men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Garber women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Garber 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

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Proprietor
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Bookkeeper
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Garber. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Garber 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Garber. 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 Garber. For the veterans among your Garber ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Garber lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Garber life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Garber in 1944 was 29, and 78 in 2004.

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