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Fest Surname Meaning

German: nickname for a strong steadfast person from Middle High German veste ‘strong firm’.

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

Similar surnames: Feist, Fast, Feit, West, Fett, Oest, Faust, Lust, Geist, Best

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Where is the Fest family from?

You can see how Fest families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fest family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fest families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 4 Fest families living in Quebec. This was about 50% of all the recorded Fest's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Fest families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Fest surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Fest ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fest. 25% of Fest men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Fest women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fest were Salesman and Teacher. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Farmer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Proprietor
  • New Worker
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Fest. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fest 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 Fest. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Fest. For the veterans among your Fest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fest lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Fest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1985, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Fest in 1963 was 76, and 75 in 2004.

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