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Pastor Name Meaning

English, Portuguese, Galician, Spanish, Catalan, and French: occupational name for a shepherd, Anglo-Norman French pastre (oblique case pastour), Portuguese, Galician, Spanish, Catalan, pastor ‘shepherd’, from Latin pastor, an agent derivative of pascere ‘to graze’. The religious sense of a spiritual leader was rare in the Middle Ages, and insofar as it occurs at all it seems always to be a conscious metaphor; it is unlikely, therefore, that this sense lies behind any examples of the surname. German and Dutch: humanistic name, a Latinized form of various vernacular names meaning ‘shepherd’, for example Hirt or Schäfer (see Schafer). Americanized spelling of Hungarian Pásztor, an occupational name from pásztor ‘shepherd’.

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

Similar surnames: Paster, Astor, Plaster, Pester, Panter, Rasor, Prator, Kastor, Kantor

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Pastor Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pastor name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


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Pastor Family Origin

Where is the Pastor family from?

Pastor Family Occupations

What did your Pastor ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Pastor occupation in the USA was Laborer. 32% of Pastor's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Pastor family was Fish Dealer. Laborer, Farmer and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pastor.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Tailor

  • Fish Dealer


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

Pastor Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Pastor. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pastor 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Pastor. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Pastor. For the veterans among your Pastor ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pastor Life Expectancy

What is the average Pastor lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Pastor life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Pastor in 1942 was 30, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pastor 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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