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Grenz Family History

Grenz Name Meaning

nickname for someone with a deformity or peculiarity of the mouth or nose, from Middle High German grans ‘beak’, ‘snout’. from a topographic name for someone who lived near a border, from Polish granica, which became German Grenze ‘border’ after the 16th century.

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


Similar surnames: Krenz, Gretz, Grand, Frenz, Gren, Greif, Brenn, Prinz, Gent, Grems

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Where is the Grenz family from?

You can see how Grenz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grenz family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Grenz families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 6 Grenz families living in California. This was about 35% of all the recorded Grenz's in the USA. California had the highest population of Grenz families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Grenz surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Grenz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Grenz. 47% of Grenz men worked as a Farmer and 36% of Grenz women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grenz were Salesman and Secretary.

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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
    47%
  • Laborer
    27%
  • Farm Labor
    4%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    36%
  • Housework
    22%
  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • Secretary
    15%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Grenz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grenz 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 Grenz. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Grenz. For the veterans among your Grenz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grenz lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Grenz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Grenz in 1958 was 42, and 78 in 2004.

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