Borst Family History

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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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Borst Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Borst name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Borst. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Borst Family Origin

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Borst Family Occupations

What did your Borst ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Borst family was Farm Laborer. The most common Borst occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Borst's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Borst.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


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Borst Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Borst. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Borst census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 Card

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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Borst Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Borst ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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