Munster Family History

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Munster Name Meaning

German and Dutch (Munster, Münster): habitational name from places called Munster or Münster, derived from Latin monasterium ‘monastery’, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a monastery. Irish: see Moynihan.

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


Similar surnames: Muster, Fenster, Munter, Huster, Minster, Dunster, Munsey, Muenster

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Munster Family Origin

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Munster Family Occupations

What did your Munster ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Munster. 16% of Munster men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Munster women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Munster were Carpenter and Secretary

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    25%
  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Clerk
    11%
  • Secretary
    8%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Munster Historical Records

What Munster family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Munster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Munster census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1881 Canadian census records for Munster

Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Munster. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Munster. For the veterans among your Munster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Munster Life Expectancy

What is the average Munster lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Munster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Munster in 1957 was 47, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Munster

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Munster 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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