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Esther Family History

Esther Name Meaning

French and Jewish: metronymic from the female name Esther, from Hebrew Ester, the name borne in the Bible by a Jewish captive of the Persian King Ahasuerus. According to the Biblical story, she became his favorite concubine and by her wise persuasion managed to save the Jews of Persia from the machinations of the royal counselor Haman. Her name is probably a derivative of Persian esther ‘star’. German: habitational name from any of various places in Bavaria named Ester.

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


Similar surnames: Escher, Rather, Oster, Ester, Ascher, Easter, Bester, Tester, Usher

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Where is the Esther family from?

You can see how Esther families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Esther family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Esther families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Esther family living in Maine. This was about 33% of all the recorded Esther's in the USA. Maine and 2 other states had the highest population of Esther families in 1840.
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What did your Esther ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Esther. 24% of Esther men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Esther women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Esther were Truck Driver and Housework.

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    20%
  • Servant
    11%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Housework
    11%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Esther. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Esther 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Esther. 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 Esther. For the veterans among your Esther ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Esther lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Esther life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Esther in 1962 was 67, and 79 in 2004.

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