Gehlen Family History

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Gehlen Name Meaning

German and French (Alsace): in the northwest from a topographic name denoting wet, low-lying ground.

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

Similar surnames: Behlen, Ehlen, Fehler, Jehle, Bohlen, Wehler, Seelen, Wehle, Gehle

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Gehlen Family Origin

Where is the Gehlen family from?

Gehlen Family Occupations

What did your Gehlen ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Cabinet Maker and Farmer were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Gehlen. The most common Gehlen occupation in the USA was Cabinet Maker. 33% of Gehlen's were Cabinet Makers. A less common occupation for the Gehlen family was Keeping House.

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  • Cabinet Maker

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Gehlen ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Gehlen Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Gehlen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gehlen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 252 immigration records available for the last name Gehlen. 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 Card

There are 654 military records available for the last name Gehlen. For the veterans among your Gehlen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gehlen Life Expectancy

What is the average Gehlen lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Gehlen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Gehlen in 1962 was 61, and 51 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gehlen

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gehlen ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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