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Bester Name Meaning

English: occupational name for someone who looked after animals, Middle English bester, from beste ‘beast’ (see Best). German: habitational name for someone from a place called Beste. Slovenian (Gorenjska; also Bešter): probably a derivative of Vester 3, a reduced form of the personal name Silvester. Replacement of initial V- with B- is quite common in Slovenian surnames.

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


Similar surnames: Beste, Belter, Vester, Pester, Jester, Tester, Nester, Best, Brester

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Where is the Bester family from?

You can see how Bester families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bester family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bester families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 6 Bester families living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Bester's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Bester families in 1840.
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What did your Bester ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laundress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bester. 32% of Bester men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Bester women worked as a Laundress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bester were Farming and Cook.

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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

  • Laborer
    32%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Truck Driver
    7%
  • Farming
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laundress
    18%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Maid
    12%
  • Cook
    12%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bester. 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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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Bester. For the veterans among your Bester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bester lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Bester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Bester in 1954 was 32, and 67 in 2004.

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