Gandy Family History

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Gandy Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): of uncertain origin. The most plausible suggestion is that it is a nickname for someone who was in the habit of wearing gloves, from Old French ganté, a derivative of gant ‘glove’ (see Gant) or an occupational name for a glove-maker, Old French gantier. However, a certain Hugh de Gandy was High Sheriff of Devon in 1167; it is possible that his surname is a habitational name from some unidentified place in France or even from Ghent in Flanders (see Gaunt 1).

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

Similar surnames: Sandy, Mandy, Dando, Gard, Gundy, Sand, Gundry, Tandy, Gadd, Landy

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Gandy Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gandy name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Gandy Family Origin

Where is the Gandy family from?

Gandy Family Occupations

What did your Gandy ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Grocer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gandy. The most common Gandy occupation in the UK was Farmer. 3% of Gandy's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Gandy family was Shipwright.

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  • Farmer

  • Grocer

  • Labourer

  • Shipwright


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Gandy Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 49,000 census records available for the last name Gandy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gandy 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Gandy. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Gandy. For the veterans among your Gandy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gandy Life Expectancy

What is the average Gandy lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gandy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Gandy in 1944 was 32, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gandy 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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