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Gander Name Meaning

English (Sussex): from Middle English gander Old English gand(r)a ‘gander male goose’ hence a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of geese or a nickname for someone supposedly resembling a gander in some way. South German and Swiss German: habitational name for someone from a place called with Middle High German gant ‘scree’ (Swiss German gand) or a topographic name for someone living by an area of scree. This surname (in any of the possible senses; see also below) is also found in France (mainly Alsace). North German: nickname for a vain or self-important man from ganter ‘male goose gander’. North German: perhaps also a habitational name from Gandern in Brandenburg.

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


Similar surnames: Ganter, Mander, Lander, Wander, Sander, Zander, Glander, Ganser

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Where is the Gander family from?

You can see how Gander families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gander family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gander families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 558 Gander families living in Sussex. This was about 56% of all the recorded Gander's in United Kingdom. Sussex had the highest population of Gander families in 1891.
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What did your Gander ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Gander. 14% of Gander men worked as a Bricklayer and 75% of Gander women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gander were Builders Labourer and Incapacitated. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Bricklayer
    14%
  • General Labourer
    11%
  • Gardener
    11%
  • Builders Labourer
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    75%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housekeeper
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Gander. For the veterans among your Gander ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gander lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Gander life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Gander in 1956 was 64, and 75 in 2004.

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