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Bast Name Meaning

German Dutch and French (Alsace and Lorraine of German origin): from a short form of the personal name German Sebastian Dutch Sebastiaan. French (mainly Sarthe): from bast ‘saddle pad for a beast of burden’ hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such saddles or a nickname.

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

Similar surnames: Best, Bass, Last, Ast, Basa, Gast, Baust, Bost, Bas, Mast

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Where is the Bast family from?

You can see how Bast families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bast family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bast families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 15 Bast families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 63% of all the recorded Bast's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Bast families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bast surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bast ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bast. 19% of Bast men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Bast women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bast were Salesman and Teacher. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Bast. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bast 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Bast. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Bast. For the veterans among your Bast ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bast lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Bast life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Bast in 1951 was 53, and 73 in 2004.

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