Gilson Family History

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Gilson Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Giles. French: reduced form of Gilesson, a derivative of Giles 1.

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

Similar surnames: Wilson, Gillon, Filson, Gipson, Bilson, Gibson, Dillon, Gillen

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Gilson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gilson name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Gilson Family Origin

Where is the Gilson family from?

Gilson Family Occupations

What did your Gilson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gilson family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gilson. The most common Gilson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Gilson's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Gilson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 95,000 census records available for the last name Gilson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilson 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Gilson. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Gilson. For the veterans among your Gilson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gilson Life Expectancy

What is the average Gilson lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Gilson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Gilson in 1942 was 39, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gilson

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gilson 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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