Gish Family History

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Gish Name Meaning

German (Gisch): from a short form of the Germanic personal name Gisulf, from gisil ‘pledge’, ‘hostage’, ‘noble youth’ (see Giesel) + wolf, wulf ‘wolf’.

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

Similar surnames: Gash, Gisi, Nish, Ris, Rish, Gast, Isch, Fish, Gibb, Gush

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Gish Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gish name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Gish Family Origin

Where is the Gish family from?

Gish Family Occupations

What did your Gish ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gish family was Farm Laborer. The most common Gish occupation in the USA was Farmer. 53% of Gish's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gish.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Gish Historical Records

What Gish family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Gish. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gish 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 973 immigration records available for the last name Gish. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Gish. For the veterans among your Gish ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gish Life Expectancy

What is the average Gish lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Gish life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Gish in 1948 was 59, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gish 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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