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Gehr Family History

Gehr Name Meaning

German: from a short form of the various personal names formed with gar, ger ‘spear’, ‘lance’ (see, for example, Gerhardt, Gerhold), or from a field name, from the same word used to denote a wedge-shaped plot.

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


Similar surnames: Gahr, Geer, Kehr, Gehl, Gehm, Wehr, Gohr, Rehr, Ahr, Behr

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Where is the Gehr family from?

You can see how Gehr families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gehr family name was found in the USA between 1840 and 1920. The most Gehr families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 23 Gehr families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 92% of all the recorded Gehr's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gehr families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gehr surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gehr ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gehr. 14% of Gehr men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Gehr women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gehr were Clerk and Seamstress.

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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

  • Farmer
    14%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    20%
  • Housewife
    14%
  • Saleslady
    10%
  • Seamstress
    10%
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What Gehr family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Gehr. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gehr 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 829 immigration records available for the last name Gehr. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gehr. For the veterans among your Gehr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gehr lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Gehr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gehr in 1956 was 36, and 85 in 2004.

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