Gary Family History

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Gary Name Meaning

English: variant of Geary 2. Irish: reduced form of McGary. Respelling of Swiss German Gehri or Gehry, variants of Gehr.

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

Similar surnames: Gery, Geary, Gory, Garey, Gara, Garr, Garl, Vary, Garry, Cary

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Gary Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gary name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gary. 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


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Gary Family Origin

Where is the Gary family from?

Gary Family Occupations

What did your Gary ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Ag Laborer, Agricl Laborer and Blacksmith Striker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gary. A less common occupation for the Gary family was Boot Maker. The most common Gary occupation in the UK was Ag Laborer. 6% of Gary's were Ag Laborers.

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  • Ag Laborer

  • Agricl Laborer

  • Blacksmith Striker

  • Boot Maker


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

Gary Historical Records

What Gary family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 87,000 census records available for the last name Gary. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gary 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Gary. 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 27,000 military records available for the last name Gary. For the veterans among your Gary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gary Life Expectancy

What is the average Gary lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Gary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Gary in 1941 was 32, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gary 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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