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Ester Family History

Ester Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who lived by a gate leading to cultivated land, from Middle High German ezzisch ‘seed field’ + tor ‘gate’. Jewish: variant of Esther.

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

Similar surnames: Oster, Wester, Esper, Etter, Nester, Vester, Hester, Esler, Pester

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Where is the Ester family from?

You can see how Ester families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ester family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ester families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Ester families living in Massachusetts. This was about 21% of all the recorded Ester's in the USA. Massachusetts and 1 other state had the highest population of Ester families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ester surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ester ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ester. 21% of Ester men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Ester women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ester were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 37,000 census records available for the last name Ester. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ester 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 Ester. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Ester. For the veterans among your Ester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ester lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Ester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Ester in 1953 was 46, and 75 in 2004.

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