Gersten Family History

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Gersten Name Meaning

German: habitational name from a place near Lingen in East Friesland named Gersten. German: variant of Gerst. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name or metonymic occupational name from German Gersten ‘barley’ (see 2).

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

Similar surnames: Gerstein, Gerster, Garten, Westen, Gerst, Kersten, Gershen, Gerstman

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Gersten Family Origin

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Gersten Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Gersten occupation in the USA was Grocer. 50% of Gersten's were Grocers. Grocer and Saloon Keeper were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Gersten.

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  • Grocer

  • Saloon Keeper


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Gersten Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Gersten. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gersten 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gersten. 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 562 military records available for the last name Gersten. For the veterans among your Gersten ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gersten Life Expectancy

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Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Gersten life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gersten in 1960 was 56, and 87 in 2004.

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