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Durst Name Meaning

(also Dürst): nickname from Middle High German turst ‘boldness’. from Middle High German durst ‘thirst’, applied as nickname, probably for a heavy drinker; or a habitational name from a farmstead in the Tyrol named with the same word, probably indicating a dry location.

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


Similar surnames: Dorst, Hurst, Dust, Dunst, Wurst, Furst, Burst, Lust, Quast, Borst

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Where is the Durst family from?

You can see how Durst families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Durst family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Durst families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 10 Durst families living in Maryland. This was about 29% of all the recorded Durst's in the USA. Maryland and 1 other state had the highest population of Durst families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Durst surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Durst ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Durst. 20% of Durst men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Durst women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Durst were Farm Laborer and Clerk.

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Durst. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Durst 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Durst. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Durst. For the veterans among your Durst ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Durst lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Durst life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Durst in 1944 was 22, and 79 in 2004.

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