Feist Family History

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Feist Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a stout person, from, respectively, Middle High German veiz(e)t and modern German feist ‘well covered’, ‘well fed’.

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

Similar surnames: Geist, Fest, Feig, Weiss, Leist, Feit, Fels, Reis, Neiss, Fendt

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Feist Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Feist name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Feist. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Feist Family Origin

Where is the Feist family from?

Feist Family Occupations

What did your Feist ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Feist. A less common occupation for the Feist family was Butcher. The most common Feist occupation in the USA was Farmer. 16% of Feist's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Butcher


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Feist ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Feist Historical Records

What Feist family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Feist. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Feist 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Feist. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Feist. For the veterans among your Feist ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Feist Life Expectancy

What is the average Feist lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Feist life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Feist in 1953 was 53, and 84 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Feist

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Feist ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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