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Dempster Name Meaning

Scottish, Manx, and English: occupational name for a judge or arbiter of minor disputes, from Old English dem(e)stre, a derivative of the verb demian ‘to judge or pronounce judgement’. Although this was originally a feminine form of the masculine demere, by the Middle English period the suffix -stre had lost its feminine force, and the term was used of both sexes. The surname is not common in England, where the term was early replaced by Anglo-Norman French juge (see Judge), but relatively frequent in Scotland, where until 1747 every laird of a barony could have certain offenses within his territory tried by his dempster, and on the Isle of Man, where deemsters also played an important part in the administration of justice. Irish (especially County Down): as 1, but also occasionally used instead of Dempsey.

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


Similar surnames: Kempster, Master, Bester, Webster, Tester, Fenster, Lester, Doster

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Dempster Family Origin

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Dempster Family Occupations

What did your Dempster ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, School and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dempster. A less common occupation for the Dempster family was Going To School. The most common Dempster occupation in Canada was Farmer. 23% of Dempster's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    23%
  • School

    11%
  • Carpenter

    9%
  • Going To School

    9%

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Dempster Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Dempster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dempster 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Dempster. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Dempster. For the veterans among your Dempster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dempster Life Expectancy

What is the average Dempster lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Dempster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Dempster in 1945 was 52, and 80 in 2004.

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