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Gest Surname Meaning

North German:: topographic name for someone who lived in one of the areas of ‘geest’ (sandy soil) in northwestern Germany. habitational name from any of several places so named in the Lower Rhine area.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Geist, Oest, Gast, West, Gent, Lust, Best, Heit, Heist, Sesto

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Where is the Gest family from?

You can see how Gest families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gest family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gest families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 6 Gest families living in Alberta. This was about 38% of all the recorded Gest's in Canada. Alberta and 1 other province had the highest population of Gest families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gest surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gest ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gest. 21% of Gest men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Gest women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gest were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Gest. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gest 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gest. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Gest. For the veterans among your Gest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gest lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Gest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Gest in 1945 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

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