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Gast Name Meaning

German Dutch and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a stranger or newcomer to a community Middle High German gast ‘guest foreigner stranger’ German Gast. It is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). German and Swiss German: from a short form of a personal name Gastolf or Arbogast . English (Middlesex and Sussex): variant of Ghost either a nickname from Middle English gost gast ‘spirit angel demon soul ghost’ (Old English gǣst gāst) or a habitational name relating to a lost or as yet unidentified place. French: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of uncultivated land from Old French gast ‘waste land fallow’.

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

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 USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Gast families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 62% of all the recorded Gast's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gast families in 1840.
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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 USA 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 Maid. .

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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
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Maid
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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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