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Rester Name Meaning

German (Bavaria): from a derivative of Middle High German reste ‘rest resting place’ originally a nickname for someone who took a rest on a military expedition. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): variant of Röster (see Roster ).

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


Similar surnames: Nester, Reuter, Brester, Tester, Bester, Trester, Ester, Reiter

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Where is the Rester family from?

You can see how Rester families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rester family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rester families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 10 Rester families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Rester's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Rester families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rester surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rester ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rester. 29% of Rester men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Rester women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rester were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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
    29%
  • Laborer
    23%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Rester. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rester census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 505 immigration records available for the last name Rester. 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 Rester. For the veterans among your Rester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rester lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Rester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Rester in 1948 was 43, and 74 in 2004.

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