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Coster Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of costards (Anglo-Norman French, from coste ‘rib’), a variety of large apples, so called for their prominent ribs. In some cases, it may have been a nickname (from the same word) for a person with an apple-shaped (i.e. round) head. Dutch: status name for a churchwarden, from Late Latin custor ‘guard’, ‘warden’. Variant spelling of German Koster.

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


Similar surnames: Koster, Hoster, Poster, Cater, Oster, Colter, Cotter, Doster, Custer

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Where is the Coster family from?

You can see how Coster families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Coster family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Coster families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 9 Coster families living in New York. This was about 38% of all the recorded Coster's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Coster families in 1840.
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What did your Coster ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Coster. 19% of Coster men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Coster women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Coster were Clerk and Housewife.

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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
    19%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Coster. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Coster. For the veterans among your Coster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Coster lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Coster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Coster in 1946 was 54, and 89 in 2004.

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