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Gimbel Name Meaning

Jewish (western Ashkenazic): variant of Gimpel. German: nickname for a simpleton, from Middle High German gümpel ‘bullfinch’. German: nickname (probably obscene), from Middle High German gimpel ‘springer’, ‘jumper’, also ‘penis’. German: from a Germanic personal name formed with gund ‘fight’, ‘battle’ (see Gombert).

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

Similar surnames: Giebel, Gambel, Gimpel, Gumbel, Gammel, Gibel, Griebel, Himmel, Gabel

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Where is the Gimbel family from?

You can see how Gimbel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gimbel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Gimbel families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 37 Gimbel families living in Indiana. This was about 25% of all the recorded Gimbel's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Gimbel families in 1880.
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What did your Gimbel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gimbel. 14% of Gimbel men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Gimbel women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gimbel were Machinist and Saleswoman.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Waitress
  • Saleswoman
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gimbel. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Gimbel. For the veterans among your Gimbel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gimbel lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Gimbel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Gimbel in 1953 was 79, and 75 in 2004.

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