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Gress Family History

Gress Name Meaning

from a short form of a Germanic nickname that may be derived from Old High German gratag ‘greedy’. from Middle Low German grese ‘horror’, ‘fear’, a nickname for someone who was feared in the community. habitational name from Gress, a place in Mecklenburg.

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


Similar surnames: Kress, Gross, Ress, Grass, Gruss, Guess, Greis, Grems, Gess, Dress

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Where is the Gress family from?

You can see how Gress families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gress family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gress families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 10 Gress families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 67% of all the recorded Gress's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gress families in 1840.
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What did your Gress ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gress. 18% of Gress men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Gress women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gress were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Gress. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gress 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Gress. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Gress. For the veterans among your Gress ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gress lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Gress life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Gress in 1947 was 51, and 79 in 2004.

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