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Gemmer Name Meaning

German: from a personal name Gamer, from Old High German gamel ‘joy’, ‘play’. Compare Gammel.

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

Similar surnames: Lemmer, Gemmel, Demmer, Germer, Emmer, Gemme, Kummer, Geimer, Getter

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Where is the Gemmer family from?

You can see how Gemmer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gemmer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Gemmer families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 24 Gemmer families living in Missouri. This was about 30% of all the recorded Gemmer's in USA. Missouri had the highest population of Gemmer families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gemmer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gemmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gemmer. 28% of Gemmer men worked as a Farmer and 24% of Gemmer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gemmer were Machinist 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Secretary
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Gemmer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gemmer 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 381 immigration records available for the last name Gemmer. 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 571 military records available for the last name Gemmer. For the veterans among your Gemmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gemmer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gemmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Gemmer in 1940 was 50, and 77 in 2004.

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