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Gift Family History

Gift Name Meaning

English: possibly from the vocabulary word gift used as a personal name, in the sense ‘gift of God’, with reference to a child. Compare Theodore. However, the name is most common in Cornwall and may be of Cornish origin. German: unexplained. Apparently an unflattering nickname meaning ‘poison’.

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


Similar surnames: Gill, Gitt, Gent, Grist, Tuft, Eidt, Gust, Gast, Witt, Giro

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Where is the Gift family from?

You can see how Gift families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gift family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Gift families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Gift families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 63% of all the recorded Gift's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gift families in 1840.
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What did your Gift ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gift. 21% of Gift men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Gift women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gift were Salesman and Waitress.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Machinist
    10%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    21%
  • Secretary
    12%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Waitress
    8%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Gift. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gift 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 312 immigration records available for the last name Gift. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Gift. For the veterans among your Gift ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gift lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Gift life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Gift in 1947 was 40, and 83 in 2004.

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