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Garr Family History

Garr Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: shortened form of McGarr from Gaelic Mac an Gheairr. German: metonymic occupational name for a cartwright from Middle High German garre karre ‘cart’. German: possibly also an altered form of Gorr . German: possibly also a variant of Garre a nickname for someone with a croaky voice from a derivative of Middle High German Middle Low German garren ‘to whistle to groan’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Garb, Gorr, Farr, Barr, Darr, Parr, Gaar, Marr, Gahr, Garn

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Where is the Garr family from?

You can see how Garr families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Garr family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Garr families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Garr families living in Georgia. This was about 23% of all the recorded Garr's in USA. Georgia and 2 other states had the highest population of Garr families in 1840.
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What did your Garr ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Garr. 19% of Garr men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Garr women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Garr were Truck Driver and Bookkeeper. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Bookkeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Garr. 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 Garr. For the veterans among your Garr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Garr lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Garr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Garr in 1956 was 56, and 72 in 2004.

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