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Beste Family History

Beste Surname Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who lived by the Beste river a tributary of the Trave (Brandenburg) or a habitational name from any of various villages called Besten (North Rhine-Westphalia) said to be named with a Middle Low German word for poor soil. German: from a short form of the personal name Sebastian . English (London) and French: variant of Best . This surname is rare in both Britain and France.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Best, Bester, Besse, Berge, Beese, Nester, West, Belt, Bente, Busse

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Where is the Beste family from?

You can see how Beste families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Beste family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Beste families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 11 Beste families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 48% of all the recorded Beste's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Beste families in 1911.
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What did your Beste ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Beste. 29% of Beste men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Beste women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Beste were Gardiner and Waitress. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Gardiner

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Seamstress
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Beste. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Beste 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 807 immigration records available for the last name Beste. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Beste. For the veterans among your Beste ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Beste lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Beste life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Beste in 1953 was 21, and 75 in 2004.

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