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Bester Name Meaning

English: occupational name for someone who looked after animals such as a herdsman from Middle English bestere apparently a derivative of Middle English beste ‘beast’ (see Best ). German: variant of Beste Slovenian (Bešter): probably a variant of Vester 3 from a shortened form of the personal name Silvester.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 6 Bester families living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Bester's in 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 USA 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
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laundress
  • Maid
  • Clerk
  • Cook
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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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