Gentry Family History

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Gentry Name Meaning

English: nickname, sometimes perhaps ironic, from Middle English, Old French genterie ‘nobility of birth or character’. Compare Gentle.

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

Similar surnames: Gent, Gentle, Ventre, Henry, Santry, Geary, Gundry, Westry, Hendry

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Gentry Family Origin

Where is the Gentry family from?

Gentry Family Occupations

What did your Gentry ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gentry family was Farming. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gentry. The most common Gentry occupation in the USA was Farmer. 54% of Gentry's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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

Gentry Historical Records

What Gentry family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 152,000 census records available for the last name Gentry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gentry 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Gentry. 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 37,000 military records available for the last name Gentry. For the veterans among your Gentry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gentry Life Expectancy

What is the average Gentry lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Gentry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Gentry in 1941 was 28, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gentry

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gentry 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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