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Wester Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German wëster ‘westerly’ hence a topographic name for someone who lived to the west of a settlement or a habitational name for one who had migrated from further west. English: from Middle English wester ‘westerner person from the west’.

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


Similar surnames: Westen, Vester, Tester, Nester, Ester, Wetter, Hester, Pester, Rester

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Where is the Wester family from?

You can see how Wester families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wester family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wester families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 56 Wester families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Wester's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Wester families in 1911.
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What did your Wester ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Wester. 64% of Wester 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
    64%
  • Salesman
    14%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Miner
    10%
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Wester. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wester 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Wester. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Wester. For the veterans among your Wester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wester lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Wester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Wester in 1941 was 56, and 71 in 2004.

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