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Gurnett Name Meaning

English: from Middle English gurnard, gurnade ‘gurnard’, ‘gurnet’, a marine fish with a large spiny head, mailed cheeks, and three pectoral rays (genus Trigla), possibly named from French grognard ‘grumbler’, on account of the grunting noise it makes.

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


Similar surnames: Garnett, Gunnett, Arnett, Dunnett, Burnett, Burgett, Gannett, Burkett

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Where is the Gurnett family from?

You can see how Gurnett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gurnett family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gurnett families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Gurnett family living in Rhode Island. This was 100% of all the recorded Gurnett's in the USA. Rhode Island had the highest population of Gurnett families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gurnett surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gurnett ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gurnett. 32% of Gurnett men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Gurnett women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gurnett were New Worker and Hostess.

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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
    32%
  • Clerk
    22%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • New Worker
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    50%
  • Hostess
    50%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 509 immigration records available for the last name Gurnett. 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 838 military records available for the last name Gurnett. For the veterans among your Gurnett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gurnett lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Gurnett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Gurnett in 1962 was 69, and 75 in 2004.

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