Kastner Family History

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Kastner Name Meaning

German (also Kästner): from Middle High German kastner, kestner, an occupational name for the steward of a granary (kornkasten) and hence, since general taxation developed from taxes on grain, a steward or treasurer responsible for financial matters at a court, monastery, or other institution. German (also Kästner) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a joiner or furniture maker, from South German Kasten ‘box’, ‘chest’. Compare Kistner.

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

Similar surnames: Kaster, Kasner, Kostner, Kistner, Kantner, Kettner, Castner, Kassner

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Kastner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kastner name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kastner. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Kastner Family Origin

Where is the Kastner family from?

Kastner Family Occupations

What did your Kastner ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Kastner family was Hotel Keeper. Clerk, Farmer and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kastner. The most common Kastner occupation in Canada was Clerk. 25% of Kastner's were Clerks.

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  • Clerk

  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Hotel Keeper


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

Kastner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Kastner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kastner 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Kastner. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Kastner. For the veterans among your Kastner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kastner Life Expectancy

What is the average Kastner lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kastner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Kastner in 1940 was 61, and 80 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kastner 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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