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Host Name Meaning

English (Cumberland): occupational name or nickname for an innkeeper from Middle English oste hoste ‘host guest especially one who entertains’ (Old French oste hoste). Danish (Høst): nickname from høst ‘harvest autumn’ (see Herbst ). Walloon: from a variant of the personal name Ost an Old French form of Auguste or a nickname from Old French hoste ‘host’ or a metonymic occupational name for a soldier from Old French ost ‘army’. Alternatively perhaps a cognate of Flemish Hoste . German: habitational name from either of two places called Host near Koblenz and near Bitburg; or a topographic name see Horst . This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine).

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

Similar surnames: Hose, Post, Holt, Most, Hast, Kost, Hott, Best, Horst, Pott

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Where is the Host family from?

You can see how Host families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Host family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Host families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 10 Host families living in Ontario. This was about 56% of all the recorded Host's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Host families in 1911.
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What did your Host ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Host. 22% of Host men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Host women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Host were Truck Driver and Maid. .

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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
  • Clerk
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Saleslady
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Host. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Host 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Host. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Host. For the veterans among your Host ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Host lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Host life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Host in 1942 was 40, and 64 in 2004.

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