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Amster Name Meaning

Dutch: from a derivative of Amstel, the name of the river that flows through Amsterdam; hence a habitational name for someone from Amsterdam, equivalent of van Amstel. Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German Hamster ‘hoarder’.

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


Similar surnames: Amsler, Oster, Poster, Achter, Tester, Nester, Doster, Auster, Easter

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Where is the Amster family from?

You can see how Amster families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Amster family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Amster families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Amster family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Amster's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Amster families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Amster surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Amster ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Amster. 26% of Amster men worked as a Salesman and 16% of Amster women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Amster were Laborer and Clerk.

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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 1940

  • Salesman
    26%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Manager
    7%
  • Laborer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    16%
  • Secretary
    14%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Clerk
    9%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Amster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Amster 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Amster. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, 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 Amster. For the veterans among your Amster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Amster lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Amster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Amster in 1957 was 49, and 73 in 2004.

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