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Doster Name Meaning

German: from an agent derivative of Middle High German doste, toste ‘wild thyme’, ‘shrub’, ‘bouquet’ (see Dost), hence a topographic name, especially for someone whose land abutted an uncultivated piece of land, or possibly an occupational name for a dealer in herbs. Belgian French: habitational name, with the preposition d(e), for someone from either of two places in the province of Luxembourg named Oster.

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


Similar surnames: Oster, Hoster, Poster, Koster, Dosser, Doser, Nester, Easter, Moster

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Where is the Doster family from?

You can see how Doster families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Doster family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Doster families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 23 Doster families living in Quebec. This was about 42% of all the recorded Doster's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Doster families in 1911.
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What did your Doster ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Doster. 24% of Doster men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Doster women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Doster were Salesman and Housework.

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Truck Driver
    8%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Seamstress
    6%
  • Housework
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Doster. For the veterans among your Doster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Doster lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Doster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Doster in 1950 was 47, and 77 in 2004.

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