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Gilster Family History

Gilster Name Meaning

German: probably a nickname, either from an agent derivative of Middle High German gelstern ‘to yell or shout’ or from Low German gilsterig ‘lascivious’.

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

Similar surnames: Galster, Gitter, Gerster, Giltner, Finster, Polster, Gieser, Ganster

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Where is the Gilster family from?

You can see how Gilster families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gilster family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Gilster families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 2 Gilster families living in Durham. This was about 40% of all the recorded Gilster's in United Kingdom. Durham had the highest population of Gilster families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gilster surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gilster ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Gilster. 100% of Gilster women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Gilster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilster census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 222 immigration records available for the last name Gilster. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 154 military records available for the last name Gilster. For the veterans among your Gilster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gilster lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Gilster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1999, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Gilster in 1966 was 73, and 30 in 2004.

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