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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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Where is the Gist family from?

You can see how Gist families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gist family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gist families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Gist families living in Missouri. This was about 14% of all the recorded Gist's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Gist families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gist surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gist ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gist. 23% of Gist men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Gist women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gist were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
  • Maid
  • Housewife
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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