Westgate Family History

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Westgate Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by the west gate of a city, from Middle English west ‘west’ + gate ‘gate’, or, in northern and eastern areas, ‘street’ (from Old Norse gata), or a habitational name from any of numerous places named Westgate, for example in County Durham, Kent, and Northumberland.

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

Similar surnames: Westlake, Wingate, Westcott, Westrope, Redgate, Westgard, Westmark

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Westgate Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Westgate name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Westgate. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Westgate Family Origin

Where is the Westgate family from?

Westgate Family Occupations

What did your Westgate ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Westgate. A less common occupation for the Westgate family was Carpenter. The most common Westgate occupation in the USA was Farmer. 28% of Westgate's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Westgate ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Westgate Historical Records

What Westgate family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Westgate. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Westgate census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Westgate. 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 Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Westgate. For the veterans among your Westgate ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Westgate Life Expectancy

What is the average Westgate lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Westgate life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Westgate in 1944 was 34, and 61 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Westgate

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Westgate ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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