Dorst Family History

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Dorst Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived on dry, hard ground, from dörr ‘dry’, or a habitational name from places named Dorst near Cologne or Helmstedt or Dorste in the Harz Mountains. nickname from Middle Low German dorst ‘boldness’, ‘cunning’. Compare Durst. metathesized variant of Droste.

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

Similar surnames: Borst, Horst, Durst, Vorst, Forst, Dost, Oest, Port, Ort, Dort

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Dorst Family Origin

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Dorst Family Occupations

What did your Dorst ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Barber were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dorst. The most common Dorst occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Dorst's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Dorst family was Retired Grocer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Barber

  • Retired Grocer


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

Dorst Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Dorst. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dorst 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 Dorst. 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 Dorst. For the veterans among your Dorst ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dorst Life Expectancy

What is the average Dorst lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Dorst life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Dorst in 1961 was 55, and 82 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dorst

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dorst 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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