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Boerst Name Meaning

German (Börst): nickname for someone with an aggressive temperament, from German Börst ‘bristle’.

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

Similar surnames: Borst, Burst, Bort, Dorst, Best, Vorst, Oberst, Forst, Bost, Boese

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Where is the Boerst family from?

You can see how Boerst families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boerst family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Boerst families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 10 Boerst families living in Quebec. This was about 91% of all the recorded Boerst's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Boerst families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Boerst surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Boerst ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Boerst. 37% of Boerst men worked as a Laborer and 67% of Boerst women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boerst were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Chauffeur
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
  • Maid
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What Boerst family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Boerst. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Boerst 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 79 immigration records available for the last name Boerst. 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 144 military records available for the last name Boerst. For the veterans among your Boerst ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Boerst lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Boerst life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Boerst in 1956 was 62, and 86 in 2004.

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