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Gresens Name Meaning

Dutch and German: patronymic from a vernacular form of Latin Gratianus, a derivative of Gratius, itself a derivative of gratus ‘pleasing’, ‘lovely’. St. Gratian (died c. 337) was a disciple of St. Denis of Paris; he became the first bishop of Tours. German: variant spelling of Gresenz, from the medieval personal name Crescentius (Latin crescens ‘growing’).

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


Similar surnames: Greven, Dresen, Green, Remes, Drewes, Neuens, Sens, Geen, Gress, Rees

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Where is the Gresens family from?

You can see how Gresens families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gresens family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Gresens families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 4 Gresens families living in Minnesota. This was about 80% of all the recorded Gresens's in the USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Gresens families in 1880.
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What did your Gresens ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gresens. 24% of Gresens men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Gresens women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gresens were Painter and Waitress.

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Labor
    9%
  • Painter
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    34%
  • Clerk
    23%
  • Teacher
    23%
  • Waitress
    23%
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Passenger Lists

There are 228 immigration records available for the last name Gresens. 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 333 military records available for the last name Gresens. For the veterans among your Gresens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gresens lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gresens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Gresens in 1940 was 40, and 83 in 2004.

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