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Pester Surname Meaning

English Dutch and German: occupational name for a baker from Anglo-Norman French pestur(e) pesto(u)r pistour Middle Dutch pester pister ‘baker’ (Old French pestor pesteur German Pistor from Latin pistor). Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone from Pest the eastern half of the city of Budapest Hungary. Jewish (from Austrian Galicia): from German Pest ‘pest’ one of derogatory surnames assigned by Austrian clerks.

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

Similar surnames: Paster, Tester, Poster, Petter, Nester, Bester, Lester, Peter, Wester

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Where is the Pester family from?

You can see how Pester families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pester family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pester families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 15 Pester families living in Ontario. This was about 45% of all the recorded Pester's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Pester families in 1911.
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What did your Pester ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pester. 25% of Pester men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Pester women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pester were Blacksmith and Housewife. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Blacksmith

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Bookkeeper
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Pester. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Pester. For the veterans among your Pester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pester lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Pester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Pester in 1947 was 40, and 79 in 2004.

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