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Gast Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a stranger or newcomer to a community, Middle High German gast ‘foreigner’, ‘guest’, ‘stranger’, German Gast. German and Swiss German: from a short form of a personal name Gastolf, or Alemannic from the personal name Arbogast. French: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of waste land, Old French gast.

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


Similar surnames: Gass, Ast, Gust, Gant, Last, Mast, Kast, Nast, Gatt, Bast

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Where is the Gast family from?

You can see how Gast families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gast family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gast families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 10 Gast families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 32% of all the recorded Gast's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Gast families in 1911.
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What did your Gast ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Gast. .

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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
    100%
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Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Gast. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gast 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Gast. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Gast. For the veterans among your Gast ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gast lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gast life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Gast in 1944 was 27, and 78 in 2004.

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