Gress Family History

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Gress Name Meaning

from a short form of a Germanic nickname that may be derived from Old High German gratag ‘greedy’. from Middle Low German grese ‘horror’, ‘fear’, a nickname for someone who was feared in the community. habitational name from Gress, a place in Mecklenburg.

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

Similar surnames: Kress, Gross, Ress, Grass, Gruss, Guess, Greis, Grems, Gess, Dress

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Gress Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gress name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Gress Family Origin

Where is the Gress family from?

Gress Family Occupations

What did your Gress ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gress family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gress. The most common Gress occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Gress's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Gress Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Gress. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gress 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Gress. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Gress. For the veterans among your Gress ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gress Life Expectancy

What is the average Gress lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Gress life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Gress in 1947 was 51, and 79 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gress 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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