Gesell Family History

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Gesell Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German geselle ‘companion’ (Old High German gisell(i)o, a derivative of sal ‘hall’, originally referring to someone who shared living accommodation). In the medieval trade guilds, this word acquired the specialized sense of ‘journeyman’, i.e. one who had completed his apprenticeship and was working in the workshop of a master craftsman; the surname may well be derived from this specialized sense, rather than merely from a nickname meaning ‘companion’ or ‘friend’.

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

Similar surnames: Ezell, Gell, Grell, Gsell, Kesel, Sell, Jewell, Rosell, Lasell

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Gesell Family Origin

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Gesell Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gesell family was Blacksmith. Farmer, Barber and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gesell. The most common Gesell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 21% of Gesell's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Barber

  • Keeping House

  • Blacksmith


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Gesell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Gesell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gesell 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 Gesell. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gesell. For the veterans among your Gesell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gesell Life Expectancy

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Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Gesell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Gesell in 1957 was 40, and 79 in 2004.

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