Durst Family History

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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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Durst Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Durst name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Durst. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Sweden


  • France


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Durst Family Origin

Where is the Durst family from?

Durst Family Occupations

What did your Durst ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Durst. A less common occupation for the Durst family was Coal Miner. The most common Durst occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Durst's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Coal Miner


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

Durst Historical Records

What Durst family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Durst Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Durst 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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