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Estes Family History

Estes Surname Meaning

English: topographic name from Middle English est ‘east’ denoting someone ‘from the east’ or someone living in the eastern part of a village or settlement. Today the name is still pronounced as two syllables as it was in medieval times.

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

Similar surnames: Estey, Estess, Eastes, Estep, Estis, Esten, Estus, Ester, Estepp

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Where is the Estes family from?

You can see how Estes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Estes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Estes families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 11 Estes families living in Ontario. This was about 65% of all the recorded Estes's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Estes families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Estes surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Estes ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Estes. 50% of Estes men worked as a Laborer. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
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Census Records

There are 118,000 census records available for the last name Estes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Estes 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Estes. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Estes. For the veterans among your Estes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Estes lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Estes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Estes in 1942 was 54, and 74 in 2004.

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