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Goethe Name Meaning

German (also Göthe): from a short form of the personal name Godo formed with the ancient Germanic element god got ‘god’. South German (also Göthe): relationship name or nickname from Middle High German göte ‘godfather’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Goede, Goette, Greth, Goetter, Noeth, Roeth, Garthe, Goetz, Koeth

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Where is the Goethe family from?

You can see how Goethe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goethe family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Goethe families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Goethe families living in Illinois. This was 100% of all the recorded Goethe's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Goethe families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Goethe surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Goethe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Goethe. 35% of Goethe men worked as a Farmer and 23% of Goethe women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goethe were Soldier and Housekeeper. .

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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
    35%
  • Laborer
    27%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Soldier
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    23%
  • Bookkeeper
    17%
  • Waitress
    17%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Goethe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Goethe 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 633 immigration records available for the last name Goethe. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Goethe. For the veterans among your Goethe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Goethe lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Goethe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Goethe in 1954 was 29, and 77 in 2004.

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