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Gajda Name Meaning

Polish, Slovak, and Hungarian: from Slavic gajda ‘bagpipe’, in particular the kind of folk instrument found in the Carpathians. The word is ultimately of Turkish origin. The surname probably arose as a metonymic occupational name for a piper, but perhaps in some cases as a nickname, as the Polish word also has the figurative meanings ‘fat legs’ or ‘awkward person’.

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

Similar surnames: Gazda, Vajda, Gaida, Lada, Gadd, Gayda, Wajda, Galka, Sajdak, Gaska

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Where is the Gajda family from?

You can see how Gajda families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gajda family name was found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 8 Gajda families living in Illinois. This was about 19% of all the recorded Gajda's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Gajda families in 1920.
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What did your Gajda ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gajda. 29% of Gajda men worked as a Laborer and 22% of Gajda women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gajda were Labor and Cook.

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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
  • New Worker
  • Weaver
  • Labor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Assembler
  • Cleaner
  • Cook
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There are 627 military records available for the last name Gajda. For the veterans among your Gajda ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gajda lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gajda life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Gajda in 1940 was 59, and 82 in 2004.

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