Gideon Family History

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Gideon Name Meaning

Jewish: from the Biblical name meaning ‘one who cuts down’ in Hebrew. It was borne by an Israelite leader appointed to deliver his people from the Midianites (Judges 6:14).

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

Similar surnames: Gedeon, Widen, Wider, Gritton, Gaden, Pidgeon, Gibbon, Iden, Girton

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Gideon Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gideon name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gideon. 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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Gideon Family Origin

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Gideon Family Occupations

What did your Gideon ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gideon family was Keeping House. The most common Gideon occupation in the USA was Farmer. 48% of Gideon's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gideon.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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

Gideon Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Gideon. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gideon 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 Gideon. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Gideon. For the veterans among your Gideon ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gideon Life Expectancy

What is the average Gideon lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Gideon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Gideon in 1945 was 34, and 65 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gideon 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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