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First Name Meaning

Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): ornamental name from Yiddish first ‘prince’. Americanized form of German Fürst (see Furst).

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


Similar surnames: Furst, Ferst, Fierst, Kirst, Foist, Hirst, Forst, Faust, Herst, List

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First Family Origin

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First Family Occupations

What did your First ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by First. The most common First occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of First's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the First family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farming

    6%

United States shown, Canada data unavailable

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

First Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name First. Like a window into their day-to-day life, First 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 642 immigration records available for the last name First. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name First. For the veterans among your First ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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First Life Expectancy

What is the average First lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, First life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for First in 1952 was 54, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your First 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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