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Gilmer Name Meaning

Irish and English: variant of Gilmore . German: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name composed with gīsil ‘pledge hostage noble youth’ (see Giesel ).

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


Similar surnames: Hilmer, Giller, Wilmer, Kilmer, Gilger, Kimmer, Simmer, Gille, Hiller

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Where is the Gilmer family from?

You can see how Gilmer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gilmer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gilmer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 23 Gilmer families living in Alabama. This was about 21% of all the recorded Gilmer's in USA. Alabama had the highest population of Gilmer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gilmer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gilmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gilmer. 21% of Gilmer men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Gilmer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gilmer were Farming and Cook. .

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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
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farming
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Cook
    8%
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Census Records

There are 36,000 census records available for the last name Gilmer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilmer 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Gilmer. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Gilmer. For the veterans among your Gilmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gilmer lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Gilmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Gilmer in 1942 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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