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Elster Name Meaning

German: habitational name from any of several places so named (Saxony-Anhalt Saxony). This is also the name of a river in Saxony which in some cases may have given rise to the surname.

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

Similar surnames: Easter, Elsner, Doster, Eyster, Poster, Bester, Oster, Hoster, Ester

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Where is the Elster family from?

You can see how Elster families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elster family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Elster families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 5 Elster families living in Ontario. This was about 45% of all the recorded Elster's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Elster families in 1911.
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What did your Elster ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Elster. 19% of Elster men worked as a Salesman and 17% of Elster women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elster were Proprietor and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Saleslady
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Elster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elster 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Elster. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Elster. For the veterans among your Elster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Elster lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Elster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Elster in 1959 was 29, and 86 in 2004.

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