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Great Name Meaning

Americanized form of Dutch De Groot or German Gross. English: variant of Greet, a nickname from Old English great ‘big’, ‘stout’, a habitational name from Greet in Gloucestershire or Greete in Shropshire, both named from an Old English greote ‘gravelly place’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.

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


Similar surnames: Groat, Bream, Gray, Gent, Gratz, Grau, Graft, Greif, Guest, Grist

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Where is the Great family from?

You can see how Great families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Great family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Great families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Great family living in Connecticut. This was about 14% of all the recorded Great's in the USA. Connecticut and 6 other states had the highest population of Great families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Great surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Great ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Great. 40% of Great men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Great women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Great were Carpenter and Stenographer.

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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

  • Laborer
    40%
  • Farmer
    23%
  • Truck Driver
    12%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    28%
  • Clerk
    23%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Stenographer
    12%
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Census Records

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Great. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Great 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 Great. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Great. For the veterans among your Great ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Great lifespan?

Between 1967 and 2002, in the United States, Great life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1982, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Great in 1967 was 65, and 78 in 2002.

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