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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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Where is the Dorst family from?

You can see how Dorst families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dorst family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dorst families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Dorst family living in Indiana. This was about 50% of all the recorded Dorst's in the USA. Indiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Dorst families in 1840.
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What did your Dorst ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dorst. 17% of Dorst men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Dorst women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dorst were Mechanic and Teacher.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Mechanic

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Bookkeeper
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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