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Gelb Family History

Gelb Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a man with red hair (see Gell).

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

Similar surnames: Gell, Garb, Kalb, Gehl, Geib, Belz, Bel, Gil, Geck, Gent

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Where is the Gelb family from?

You can see how Gelb families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gelb family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Gelb families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 9 Gelb families living in New Jersey. This was about 33% of all the recorded Gelb's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Gelb families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gelb surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gelb ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gelb. 28% of Gelb men worked as a Salesman and 12% of Gelb women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gelb were Manager and New Worker.

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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

  • Salesman
  • Proprietor
  • Clerk
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
  • Stenographer
  • Bookkeeper
  • New Worker
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Gelb. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gelb 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Gelb. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Gelb. For the veterans among your Gelb ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gelb lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Gelb life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Gelb in 1956 was 55, and 68 in 2004.

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