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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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Where is the East family from?

You can see how East families moved over time by selecting different census years. The East family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most East families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 42 East families living in Virginia. This was about 24% of all the recorded East's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of East families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the East surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your East ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named East. 21% of East men worked as a Farmer and 8% of East women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named East were Clerk 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
    21%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Seamstress
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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