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Gerber Family History

Gerber Name Meaning

German, Swiss, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a tanner, Middle High German gerwer (from Old High German (ledar) garawo ‘leather preparer’), German Gerber.

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


Similar surnames: Werber, Garber, Berner, Erber, Geiger, Genser, Gruber, Geiser, Barber

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Where is the Gerber family from?

You can see how Gerber families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gerber family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gerber families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Gerber families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Gerber's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gerber families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gerber surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gerber ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gerber. 13% of Gerber men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Gerber women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gerber were Proprietor and Saleslady.

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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
    13%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Proprietor
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Clerk
    5%
  • Saleslady
    5%
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Census Records

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name Gerber. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gerber 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Gerber. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Gerber. For the veterans among your Gerber ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gerber lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gerber life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gerber in 1944 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

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