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Gatz Name Meaning

German: from Gato, a short form of an old personal name formed with the same root as Middle High German gate ‘companion’. German (in eastern Germany): possibly from the Slavic personal name Gaczko. German: habitational name from a place so named in Pomerania. Americanized spelling of Ukrainian and Polish Gac.

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


Similar surnames: Gratz, Ganz, Gatt, Glatz, Ratz, Gartz, Datz, Gath, Banz, Latz

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Where is the Gatz family from?

You can see how Gatz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gatz family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gatz families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Gatz families living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Gatz's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Gatz families in 1840.
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What did your Gatz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gatz. 27% of Gatz men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Gatz women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gatz were Carpenter and Seamstress.

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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
    27%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Truck Driver
    8%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    16%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Seamstress
    8%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Gatz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gatz 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gatz. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gatz. For the veterans among your Gatz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gatz lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Gatz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Gatz in 1953 was 44, and 83 in 2004.

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