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Goshen Family History

Goshen Name Meaning

Jewish (Israeli): unexplained. Americanized spelling of the North German family name Göschen, a patronymic from a short form of the personal name Gottschalk.

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

Similar surnames: Osen, Goossen, Rosen, Gosney, Bossen, Kosten, Oshel, Loschen, Goshert

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Where is the Goshen family from?

You can see how Goshen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goshen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Goshen families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Goshen families living in Missouri. This was about 25% of all the recorded Goshen's in the USA. Missouri and 2 other states had the highest population of Goshen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Goshen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Goshen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Goshen. 20% of Goshen men worked as a Salesman and 17% of Goshen women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goshen were Miner and New Woker.

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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

  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Farmer
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
  • Bookkeeper
  • Cook
  • New Woker
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Goshen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Goshen 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 359 immigration records available for the last name Goshen. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Goshen. For the veterans among your Goshen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Goshen lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Goshen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Goshen in 1957 was 58, and 52 in 2004.

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