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Borst Name Meaning

German (also Börst): from Middle High German borst(e) ‘bristle’, ‘brush’, hence a nickname for someone with a prickly temperament. Dutch: short form of de Borst, a nickname for someone with a peculiarity of the chest, from Middle Dutch borst ‘chest’, ‘breast’. Alternatively it may be a short form of van der Borst, a habitational name for someone from Burst in East Flanders (Belgium), or a topographic name for someone who lived by a fortification, Middle Dutch burcht.

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


Similar surnames: Vorst, Burst, Forst, Dorst, Horst, Boerst, Bost, Hurst, Bors, Most

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Where is the Borst family from?

You can see how Borst families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Borst family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Borst families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 49 Borst families living in New York. This was about 91% of all the recorded Borst's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Borst families in 1840.
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What did your Borst ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Borst. 12% of Borst men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Borst women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Borst were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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
    12%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Borst. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Borst. For the veterans among your Borst ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Borst lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Borst life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Borst in 1951 was 46, and 78 in 2004.

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