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Gaither Surname Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English gaytere ‘goatherd’ an agent derivative of Middle English gayte ‘goat’ (a northern spelling of Old English gāt or from the related Old Norse word geit).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Ganter, Gaiser, Bither, Smither, Gartner, Raiter, Gritter, Geitner

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Where is the Gaither family from?

You can see how Gaither families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gaither family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gaither families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 47 Gaither families living in Maryland. This was about 42% of all the recorded Gaither's in USA. Maryland had the highest population of Gaither families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gaither surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gaither ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gaither. 27% of Gaither men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Gaither women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gaither were Farm Laborer 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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Gaither. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gaither 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gaither. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Gaither. For the veterans among your Gaither ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gaither lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Gaither life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Gaither in 1943 was 31, and 73 in 2004.

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