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Ast Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German ast ‘knot (in wood)’, ‘branch’, hence a nickname for a tough or awkward individual or a metonymic occupational name for a lumberjack. North German: occupational name, from Middle Low German arste ‘physician’, a variant of Arzt. Southern French: from Occitan ast ‘pike or lance’, probably an occupational name for a maker of these weapons.

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


Similar surnames: Last, Gast, Abt, Nast, Mast, Bast, Ost, Asp, Ash, Axt

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Where is the Ast family from?

You can see how Ast families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ast family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ast families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Ast family living in Missouri. This was about 33% of all the recorded Ast's in the USA. Missouri and 2 other states had the highest population of Ast families in 1840.
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What did your Ast ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ast. 24% of Ast men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Ast women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ast were Salesman 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.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    24%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Farming
    7%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    15%
  • Bookkeeper
    15%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Stenographer
    11%
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Ast. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ast 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 Ast. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Ast. For the veterans among your Ast ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ast lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Ast life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Ast in 1959 was 50, and 80 in 2004.

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