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Heister Name Meaning

German and Dutch: topographic name meaning ‘beech tree’ (see Hester ) or a habitational name from any of several places so named particularly in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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

Similar surnames: Hester, Mester, Heisner, Heisser, Heiter, Eister, Heiser, Leister

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Where is the Heister family from?

You can see how Heister families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heister family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Heister families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 10 Heister families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 48% of all the recorded Heister's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Heister families in 1911.
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What did your Heister ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Heister. 24% of Heister men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Heister women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Heister were Clerk and Waitress. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Proprietor
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Housework
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Heister. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heister 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 873 immigration records available for the last name Heister. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Heister. For the veterans among your Heister ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Heister lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Heister life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Heister in 1954 was 42, and 80 in 2004.

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