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Genser Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for someone who kept tended or sold geese from Middle High German gans German Gans ‘goose’. German: habitational name for someone from a place called Gensen near Waldsee.

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


Similar surnames: Gensler, Ganser, Genzer, Geiser, Lenser, Geiger, Enser, Leiser, Unser

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Where is the Genser family from?

You can see how Genser families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Genser family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Genser families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 8 Genser families living in New York. This was about 36% of all the recorded Genser's in USA. New York had the highest population of Genser families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Genser surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Genser ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Genser. 35% of Genser men worked as a Salesman and 34% of Genser women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Genser were Proprietor and Stenographer. .

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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
    35%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Proprietor
    14%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    34%
  • Waitress
    34%
  • Stenographer
    34%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Genser. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Genser 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 872 immigration records available for the last name Genser. 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 384 military records available for the last name Genser. For the veterans among your Genser ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Genser lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Genser life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Genser in 1958 was 36, and 87 in 2004.

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