Gilstrap Family History

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Gilstrap Name Meaning

English: probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place with a name such as Gil(l)sthorp(e), the first element being on Old English or Old Norse personal name, the second being Old Norse þorp ‘hamlet’, ‘settlement’, or possibly an Anglicized form of a Danish habitational name from Gelstrup or Gølstrup in Jutland. The surname id found in SC, GA, and TX.

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

Similar surnames: Bidstrup, Gillard, Elstad, Olstad, Molstad, Milstead, Hillstead

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Gilstrap Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gilstrap name?

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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Gilstrap Family Origin

Where is the Gilstrap family from?

Gilstrap Family Occupations

What did your Gilstrap ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Gilstrap occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 50% of Gilstrap's were Annuitants. A less common occupation for the Gilstrap family was Footman. Annuitant and Esquire (Nobe) were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Gilstrap.

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  • Annuitant

  • Esquire (Nobe)

  • Footman


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

Gilstrap Historical Records

What Gilstrap family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Gilstrap. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilstrap 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 436 immigration records available for the last name Gilstrap. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Gilstrap. For the veterans among your Gilstrap ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gilstrap Life Expectancy

What is the average Gilstrap lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Gilstrap life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gilstrap in 1941 was 50, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gilstrap

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gilstrap 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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