Gerald Family History

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Gerald Name Meaning

English and French (Gérald): from the personal name Gerald, Gérald, composed of the Germanic elements geri, gari ‘spear’ + wald ‘rule’; it was introduced to Britain from France by the Normans.

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

Similar surnames: Gerard, Gerold, Ewald, Gerhold, Sebald, Berwald, Gerlt, Herard

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Gerald Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gerald name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gerald. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Gerald Family Origin

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Gerald Family Occupations

What did your Gerald ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Gerald occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Gerald's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gerald. A less common occupation for the Gerald family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Carpenter


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

Gerald Historical Records

What Gerald family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Gerald. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gerald 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 Gerald. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Gerald. For the veterans among your Gerald ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gerald Life Expectancy

What is the average Gerald lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Gerald life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gerald in 1950 was 55, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gerald 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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