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Gast Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a stranger or newcomer to a community, Middle High German gast ‘foreigner’, ‘guest’, ‘stranger’, German Gast. German and Swiss German: from a short form of a personal name Gastolf, or Alemannic from the personal name Arbogast. French: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of waste land, Old French gast.

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


Similar surnames: Gass, Ast, Gust, Gant, Last, Mast, Kast, Nast, Gatt, Bast

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Where is the Gast family from?

You can see how Gast families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gast family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gast families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Gast families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 62% of all the recorded Gast's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gast families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gast surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gast ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gast. 23% of Gast men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Gast women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gast were Clerk 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
    23%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Bookkeeper
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Gast. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Gast. For the veterans among your Gast ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gast lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gast life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Gast in 1944 was 27, and 78 in 2004.

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