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Vest Surname Meaning

German: variant of Fest . English (Durham and Northumberland): possibly a variant of West .

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


Similar surnames: Veit, Cost, Oest, Best, Vess, Rest, West, Pust, Yost, Ast

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Where is the Vest family from?

You can see how Vest families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Vest family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Vest families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 3 Vest families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Vest's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Vest families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Vest surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Vest ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Vest. 45% of Vest 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
    45%
  • Laborer
    34%
  • Clerk
    23%
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Census Records

There are 39,000 census records available for the last name Vest. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vest 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Vest. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Vest. For the veterans among your Vest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Vest lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Vest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Vest in 1941 was 55, and 71 in 2004.

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