East Family History

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East Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived in the eastern part of a town or settlement, or outside it to the east, or a regional name for someone who had migrated from the east of a place. As an American family name, this surname has absorbed various other European names with similar meaning.

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

Similar surnames: Gast, Nast, Mast, Last, Rast, West, Geist, Gass, Hast, Pust

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East Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the East name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name East. 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


  • Norway


  • France


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East Family Origin

Where is the East family from?

East Family Occupations

What did your East ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the East family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by East. The most common East occupation in the USA was Farmer. 46% of East's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


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

East Historical Records

What East family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 205,000 census records available for the last name East. Like a window into their day-to-day life, East 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name East. 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 81,000 military records available for the last name East. For the veterans among your East ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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East Life Expectancy

What is the average East lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, East life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for East in 1943 was 49, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your East 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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