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Great Name Meaning

Americanized form of Dutch De Groot or German Gross. English: variant of Greet, a nickname from Old English great ‘big’, ‘stout’, a habitational name from Greet in Gloucestershire or Greete in Shropshire, both named from an Old English greote ‘gravelly place’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.

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

Similar surnames: Groat, Bream, Gray, Gent, Gratz, Grau, Graft, Greif, Guest, Grist

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Great Family Origin

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Great Family Occupations

What did your Great ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Great occupation in the UK was Farmer. 14% of Great's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Great family was Milliner. Farmer, Labourer and Labourer In Foundry were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Great.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Labourer In Foundry

  • Milliner


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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Great. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Great. For the veterans among your Great ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Great Life Expectancy

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Between 1967 and 2002, in the United States, Great life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1982, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Great in 1967 was 65, and 78 in 2002.

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