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Esper Name Meaning

German: most likely a topographic name for a personal who lived by or owned an area of pasture, from Middle High German esban, espan ‘pasture’ (Bavarian and Swabian Espan). North German and Danish: variant of Jesper, Low German and Danish form of Kaspar.

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


Similar surnames: Espey, Ester, Espe, Esser, Asper, Esler, Tepper, Pepper, Keser

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Where is the Esper family from?

You can see how Esper families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Esper family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Esper families were found in USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 76 Esper families living in Michigan. This was about 60% of all the recorded Esper's in USA. Michigan had the highest population of Esper families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Esper surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Esper ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Esper. 20% of Esper men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Esper women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Esper were Salesman and Housewife. .

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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

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Truck Driver
    11%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Esper. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Esper 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 728 immigration records available for the last name Esper. 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 719 military records available for the last name Esper. For the veterans among your Esper ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Esper lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Esper life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Esper in 1956 was 53, and 77 in 2004.

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