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Gans Name Meaning

German and Dutch:: from gans ‘goose’ hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who bred or tended geese or a nickname for someone who wobbled or behaved (foolishly) like a goose or a topographic or habitational name referring to a house distinguished by the sign of a goose. nickname for a healthy or strong person from Middle Low German gans ‘whole complete healthy’.

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


Similar surnames: Gaus, Gant, Krans, Ganz, Hand, Lang, Gann, Hans, Gass, Wang

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Where is the Gans family from?

You can see how Gans families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gans family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gans families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 4 Gans families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Gans's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gans families in 1911.
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What did your Gans ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Gans. 85% of Gans men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    85%
  • Farming
    16%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Gans. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gans 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Gans. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Gans. For the veterans among your Gans ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gans lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Gans life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Gans in 1949 was 38, and 80 in 2004.

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