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Beckstead Name Meaning

Americanized form of North German Beckstedde or Beckstedt: topographic name from Low German Beck ‘stream’ + -stedde ‘place’ or a habitational name from Beckstedt near Wildeshausen Oldenburg.

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

Similar surnames: Beckstrand, Beckman, Eckstein, Beste, Beckler, Bester, Halstead

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Where is the Beckstead family from?

You can see how Beckstead families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Beckstead family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Beckstead families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1880 there were 20 Beckstead families living in Illinois. This was about 22% of all the recorded Beckstead's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Beckstead families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Beckstead surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Beckstead ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Beckstead. 28% of Beckstead men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Beckstead women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Beckstead were New Worker and Housewife. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • New Worker

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Beckstead. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Beckstead 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 512 immigration records available for the last name Beckstead. 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 Beckstead. For the veterans among your Beckstead ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Beckstead lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Beckstead life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Beckstead in 1945 was 26, and 74 in 2004.

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