Bost Family History

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Bost Name Meaning

French (central France): variant of Bois. German: from a reduced form of the personal name Sebastian. North German: nickname for a self-important man, from Low German bost ‘chest’, ‘breast’.

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

Similar surnames: Bos, Boss, Best, Ost, Kost, Bast, Borst, Bose, Bott, Bolt

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Bost Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bost name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Bost Family Origin

Where is the Bost family from?

Bost Family Occupations

What did your Bost ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Bost occupation in the USA was Farmer. 49% of Bost's were Farmers. Farmer, Farming and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bost. A less common occupation for the Bost family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bost ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bost Historical Records

What Bost family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Bost. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bost 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bost. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Bost. For the veterans among your Bost ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bost Life Expectancy

What is the average Bost lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Bost life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Bost in 1944 was 23, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bost 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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