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Tester Name Meaning

English (southeastern): nickname from Old French testard a pejorative derivative of teste ‘head’ for a know-all or someone with a big head (see Testa ). German: from Latin testa ‘head’ hence a nickname for someone with a large or otherwise remarkable head or especially in Bavaria a topographic name for someone who lived at one end of a village or a row of fields from the same word. German: metonymic occupational name for a silver smelter from Bavarian test ‘furnace for refining silver’.

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

Similar surnames: Pester, Wester, Bester, Nester, Vester, Tesser, Hester, Ester, Rester

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You can see how Tester families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tester family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tester families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 9 Tester families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 41% of all the recorded Tester's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Tester families in 1911.
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What did your Tester ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Tester. 56% of Tester 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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Farmers Son
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Tester. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Tester. For the veterans among your Tester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tester lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Tester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Tester in 1944 was 21, and 68 in 2004.

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