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Goens Family History

Goens Name Meaning

Dutch: patronymic from Goen. German (Göens): Frisian patronymic from the personal name Göde (see Goede, cognate with 1).

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


Similar surnames: Goers, Goen, Goes, Ovens, Boers, Gotts, Gens, Soens, Geen, Sens

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Where is the Goens family from?

You can see how Goens families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goens family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Goens families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 3 Goens families living in Alberta. This was about 38% of all the recorded Goens's in Canada. Alberta and 1 other province had the highest population of Goens families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Goens surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Goens ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Goens. 33% of Goens men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Goens women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goens were Labor and Teacher.

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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

  • Laborer
    33%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Janitor
    8%
  • Labor
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    20%
  • Laundress
    16%
  • Waitress
    12%
  • Teacher
    12%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Goens. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Goens 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 217 immigration records available for the last name Goens. 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 Goens. For the veterans among your Goens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Goens lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Goens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Goens in 1962 was 56, and 68 in 2004.

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