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Prost Name Meaning

Dutch: variant and possibly also an Americanized form of Proost from Middle Dutch proo(f)st ‘provost’ an occupational name for the head of a religious chapter or educational establishment or since such officials were usually clergy and celibate a nickname for a self-important person. French: shortened form of Provost 1 ‘provost’ a cognate of German: shortened form of Probst ‘provost’ a cognate of German (of Slavic origin) and Jewish (from Poland): nickname from Polish prosty ‘simple common’.

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

Similar surnames: Probst, Proft, Drost, Prast, Post, Rost, Trost, Brost, Pfost, Frost

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Where is the Prost family from?

You can see how Prost families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Prost family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Prost families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 17 Prost families living in Ontario. This was about 43% of all the recorded Prost's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Prost families in 1911.
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What did your Prost ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Prost. 77% of Prost men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Prost women worked as a Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Prost lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Prost life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Prost in 1951 was 52, and 62 in 2004.

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