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Brester Family History

Brester Name Meaning

habitational name, probably for someone from Brest in Moravia. nickname for a boastful person, from an agent derivative of Middle High German brast ‘boastfulness’. Compare Brest.

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


Similar surnames: Bester, Rester, Breiter, Trester, Nester, Bresler, Reuter, Reiter

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Where is the Brester family from?

You can see how Brester families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brester family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brester families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Brester families living in Alabama. This was about 40% of all the recorded Brester's in the USA. Alabama had the highest population of Brester families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Brester surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Brester ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Brester. 36% of Brester men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Brester women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brester were Carpenter and Maid.

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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

  • Farmer
    36%
  • Laborer
    24%
  • Farm Operator
    9%
  • Carpenter
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    18%
  • Secretary
    14%
  • Housewife
    14%
  • Maid
    14%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Brester. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Brester census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 449 immigration records available for the last name Brester. 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 270 military records available for the last name Brester. For the veterans among your Brester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brester lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Brester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Brester in 1957 was 37, and 71 in 2004.

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