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Gemma Family History

Gemma Name Meaning

Italian (Tuscany and throughout the south): from the popular medieval female personal name Gemma (from gemma ‘gem’, ‘precious stone’).

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

Similar surnames: Gemme, Emma, Demma, Lemma, Grima, Gamma, Femia, Lemme, Emm, Gehm

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Where is the Gemma family from?

You can see how Gemma families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gemma family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Gemma families were found in USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 10 Gemma families living in New York. This was about 19% of all the recorded Gemma's in USA. New York had the highest population of Gemma families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gemma surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gemma ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gemma. 43% of Gemma men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Gemma women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gemma were Proprietor and Press Operator. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Weaver
  • Clerk
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Finisher
  • Press Worker
  • Press Operator
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Gemma. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gemma 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 777 immigration records available for the last name Gemma. 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 345 military records available for the last name Gemma. For the veterans among your Gemma ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gemma lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Gemma life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Gemma in 1959 was 59, and 81 in 2004.

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