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Borst Name Meaning

German (also Börst): from Middle High German borst(e) ‘bristle brush’ hence a nickname for someone with a prickly temperament or a metonymic occupational name for a brush maker. Compare Boerst . Dutch: nickname for a pal companion juvenile or student from the Middle Dutch word borst from Latin bursa; compare Bursch . Or a topographic name from bors with t- plural which word possibly indicates ‘bog myrtle’ while bors also is an old word for ‘bear’. The third possibility is a physical nickname in relation to the word borst ‘breast chest’ for someone with a broad or hairy chest.

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

Similar surnames: Vorst, Burst, Forst, Dorst, Horst, Boerst, Bost, Hurst, Bors, Most

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Where is the Borst family from?

You can see how Borst families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Borst family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Borst families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 6 Borst families living in Quebec. This was about 67% of all the recorded Borst's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Borst families in 1911.
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What did your Borst ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Borst. 100% of Borst men worked as a Farmer. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Borst. 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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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Borst. For the veterans among your Borst ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Borst lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Borst life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Borst in 1951 was 46, and 78 in 2004.

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