Gerard Family History

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Gerard Name Meaning

English (chiefly Lancashire) and French (Gérard): from the personal name Gerard, Gérard, introduced to Britain from France by the Normans; it is composed of the Germanic elements gar, ger ‘spear’, ‘lance’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.

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

Similar surnames: Gerald, Guerard, Herard, Gerhardt, Garard, Gerardi, Berard, Geary

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Gerard Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gerard name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Italy


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Gerard Family Origin

Where is the Gerard family from?

Gerard Family Occupations

What did your Gerard ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Gerard occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Gerard's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gerard. A less common occupation for the Gerard family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Gerard Historical Records

What Gerard family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 78,000 census records available for the last name Gerard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gerard 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Gerard. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Gerard. For the veterans among your Gerard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gerard Life Expectancy

What is the average Gerard lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gerard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Gerard in 1940 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gerard 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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