Gerber Family History

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Gerber Name Meaning

German, Swiss, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a tanner, Middle High German gerwer (from Old High German (ledar) garawo ‘leather preparer’), German Gerber.

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

Similar surnames: Werber, Garber, Berner, Erber, Geiger, Genser, Gruber, Geiser, Barber

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Gerber Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gerber name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Gerber Family Origin

Where is the Gerber family from?

Gerber Family Occupations

What did your Gerber ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Gerber family was Fireman. The most common Gerber occupation in Canada was Farmer. 56% of Gerber's were Farmers. Farmer, Going To School and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gerber.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Carpenter

  • Fireman


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

Gerber Historical Records

What Gerber family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 64,000 census records available for the last name Gerber. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gerber 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Gerber. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Gerber. For the veterans among your Gerber ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gerber Life Expectancy

What is the average Gerber lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gerber life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gerber in 1944 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gerber

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gerber 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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