Garber Family History

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Garber Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a reaper or harvester, or for someone who collected wheatsheaves owed in rent, from an agent derivative of Middle English garbe ‘wheatsheaf’ (see Garbe). North German: from a personal name composed of geri, gari ‘spear’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. North German form of Gerber. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Gerber, from Yiddish garber.

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

Similar surnames: Garbe, Garner, Barber, Farber, Arber, Gaber, Garbers, Gerber, Karber

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Garber Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Garber name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Garber Family Origin

Where is the Garber family from?

Garber Family Occupations

What did your Garber ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Garber family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Farmer'S Son and Farmer Son were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Garber. The most common Garber occupation in Canada was Farmer. 44% of Garber's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farmer'S Son

  • Farmer Son

  • Farm Laborer


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

Garber Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Garber. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Garber 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Garber. 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 Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Garber. For the veterans among your Garber ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Garber Life Expectancy

What is the average Garber lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Garber life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Garber in 1944 was 29, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Garber 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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