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Poston Family History

Poston Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived by a postern gate, from Old French posterne; in some cases it would have been a metonymic occupational name for a gatekeeper. habitational name from Poston in Herefordshire or Poston in Shropshire, which is named with an Old English personal name Possa + þorn ‘thorn tree’.

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

Similar surnames: Foston, Roston, Boston, Posson, Ponton, Post, Royston, Porten

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Where is the Poston family from?

You can see how Poston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Poston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Poston families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 9 Poston families living in Manitoba. This was about 39% of all the recorded Poston's in Canada. Manitoba and 1 other province had the highest population of Poston families in 1911.
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What did your Poston ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Poston. 72% of Poston 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
  • Butcher
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Poston. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Poston. For the veterans among your Poston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Poston lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Poston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Poston in 1943 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

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