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Gatlin Family History

Gatlin Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin; probably a variant of Catlin or Gadling, a nickname from Old English gœdeling ‘kinsman’, ‘companion’, but also ‘low fellow’. Possibly an altered spelling of German Göttling, from a Germanic personal name formed with god ‘god’ or god ‘good’ + -ling suffix of affiliation, or, like Gättling (of which this may also be an altered form), a nickname from Middle High German getlinc ‘companion’, ‘kinsman’. Compare 1.

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


Similar surnames: Matlin, Maslin, Gaulin, Gamlin, Gatling, Catlin, Fallin, Kaelin

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Where is the Gatlin family from?

You can see how Gatlin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gatlin family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1840 and 1920. The most Gatlin families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 13 Gatlin families living in Tennessee. This was about 25% of all the recorded Gatlin's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Gatlin families in 1840.
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What did your Gatlin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gatlin. 29% of Gatlin men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Gatlin women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gatlin were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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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
    29%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Seamstress
    9%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 762 immigration records available for the last name Gatlin. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Gatlin. For the veterans among your Gatlin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gatlin lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Gatlin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Gatlin in 1941 was 55, and 71 in 2004.

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