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Gruber Name Meaning

German (Grüber) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived in a depression or hollow, from (respectively) Middle High German gruobe, German Grube ‘pit’, ‘hollow’ + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant. As a Jewish name it can also be one of names randomly distributed by government officials. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): nickname from an inflected form of Yiddish dialect grub ‘rude, impolite’.

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


Similar surnames: Grube, Graber, Gruner, Glauber, Grober, Grumet, Gaber, Greber, Stuber

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Where is the Gruber family from?

You can see how Gruber families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gruber family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gruber families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 25 Gruber families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 47% of all the recorded Gruber's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gruber families in 1840.
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What did your Gruber ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gruber. 11% of Gruber men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Gruber women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gruber were Clerk and Housewife. .

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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
    11%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Gruber. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gruber 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Gruber. 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 32,000 military records available for the last name Gruber. For the veterans among your Gruber ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gruber lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Gruber life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gruber in 1945 was 47, and 75 in 2004.

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