Gist Family History

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Gist Name Meaning

English (Devon and Cornwall): probably a variant spelling of Guest.

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

Similar surnames: Gise, Guist, Girt, Gust, Gift, Vint, Hirst, Risi, Nist, Rist

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Gist Family Origin

Where is the Gist family from?

Gist Family Occupations

What did your Gist ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Farming and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gist. The most common Gist occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Gist's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Gist family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Farm Laborer

  • Laborer


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

Gist Historical Records

What Gist family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Gist. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gist 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 Gist. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Gist. For the veterans among your Gist ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gist Life Expectancy

What is the average Gist lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Gist life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gist in 1943 was 27, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gist

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gist 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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