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Hester Name Meaning

North German: topographic name for someone who lived by a conspicuous beech tree Middle Low German hēster Middle High German heister ‘young tree (especially beech or oak)’. Compare Heister . English: variant of Easter with prosthetic H-. Irish (Mayo and Roscommon): possibly a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hOistir ‘descendant of Oistir’ a personal name of unexplained etymology. However without any early bearers in Gaelic sources it may simply be the English name in Ireland.

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

Similar surnames: Vester, Ester, Wester, Nester, Bester, Tester, Hoster, Huster, Pester

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Where is the Hester family from?

You can see how Hester families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hester family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hester families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 50 Hester families living in Ontario. This was about 57% of all the recorded Hester's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Hester families in 1911.
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What did your Hester ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Hester. 36% of Hester men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Hester women worked as a Student. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Electrician

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Student
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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Hester. 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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There are 29,000 military records available for the last name Hester. For the veterans among your Hester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hester lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Hester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Hester in 1941 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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