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

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  • Farmer

    14%
  • Labourer

    14%
  • Labourer In Foundry

    14%
  • Milliner

    14%

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

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Between 1967 and 2002, 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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