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Grist Family History

Grist Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin. It may be an occupational nickname for a miller, from the Middle English abstract noun grist ‘grinding’, Old English grist, a derivative of grindan (see Grinder). The word was not used in the concrete sense of grain to be ground until the 15th century.

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


Similar surnames: Priest, Crist, Geist, Grill, Grass, Grise, Guest, Great, Rise, Guist

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Where is the Grist family from?

You can see how Grist families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grist family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grist families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 17 Grist families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 27% of all the recorded Grist's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Grist families in 1840.
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What did your Grist ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Grist. 24% of Grist men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Grist women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grist were Carpenter and House Work.

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    17%
  • Teacher
    13%
  • New Worker
    10%
  • House Work
    10%
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Census Records

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Grist. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grist 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 Grist. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Grist. For the veterans among your Grist ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grist lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Grist life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Grist in 1943 was 32, and 81 in 2004.

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