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Gary Name Meaning

English: variant of Geary 2. Irish: reduced form of McGary. Respelling of Swiss German Gehri or Gehry, variants of Gehr.

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

Similar surnames: Gery, Geary, Gory, Garey, Gara, Garr, Garl, Vary, Garry, Cary

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Where is the Gary family from?

You can see how Gary families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gary family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gary families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 31 Gary families living in New York. This was about 17% of all the recorded Gary's in USA. New York had the highest population of Gary families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gary surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gary ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gary. 23% of Gary men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Gary women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gary were Farm Laborer and Teacher. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Laundress
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 87,000 census records available for the last name Gary. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gary 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Gary. 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 27,000 military records available for the last name Gary. For the veterans among your Gary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gary lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Gary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Gary in 1941 was 32, and 71 in 2004.

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