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Nestor Name Meaning

Irish (Munster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Adhastair, formerly Mac Girr an Adhastair, a patronymic from a byname meaning ‘short man of the halter’. Humanistic Dutch and German name from a classical Greek personal name, borne by a king of Pylos who was one of the Greek leaders in the Trojan war, noted for his age and wisdom. In Homer’s Odyssey, the aged Nestor gives wise advice to Odysseus’ son Telemachos. According to Debrabandere, in Dutch this was a nickname sometimes given to the oldest person in a group.

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

Similar surnames: Hector, Nester, Pastor, Nesta, Bester, Mester, Vester, Textor, Nesson

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You can see how Nestor families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nestor family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nestor families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 16 Nestor families living in Quebec. This was about 46% of all the recorded Nestor's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Nestor families in 1911.
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What did your Nestor ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Nestor. 25% of Nestor men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
  • Carpenter
  • Labourer
  • Butcher
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Nestor. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Nestor. For the veterans among your Nestor ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nestor lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Nestor life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Nestor in 1945 was 25, and 78 in 2004.

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