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Balster Family History

Balster Name Meaning

English: reduced form of Ballester. North German: from a reduced form of the personal name Baltazar. German: variant of Ballester. German: in some cases, possibly a habitational name from a place so named in Brandenburg.

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


Similar surnames: Balter, Balser, Belter, Bester, Balmer, Elster, Easter, Malter

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Where is the Balster family from?

You can see how Balster families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Balster family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Balster families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Balster families living in Maine. This was about 67% of all the recorded Balster's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Balster families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Balster surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Balster ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Balster. 27% of Balster men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Balster women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Balster were Mechanic and Maid.

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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
    27%
  • Laborer
    25%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Mechanic
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    16%
  • Clerk
    13%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Maid
    10%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Balster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Balster 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 785 immigration records available for the last name Balster. 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 860 military records available for the last name Balster. For the veterans among your Balster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Balster lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Balster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Balster in 1955 was 54, and 77 in 2004.

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