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Feist Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a stout person, from, respectively, Middle High German veiz(e)t and modern German feist ‘well covered’, ‘well fed’.

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


Similar surnames: Geist, Fest, Feig, Weiss, Leist, Feit, Fels, Reis, Neiss, Fendt

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Where is the Feist family from?

You can see how Feist families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Feist family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Feist families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Feist family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Feist's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Feist families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Feist surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Feist ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Feist. 26% of Feist men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Feist women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Feist 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
    26%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Waitress
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Feist. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Feist 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 Feist. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Feist. For the veterans among your Feist ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Feist lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Feist life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Feist in 1953 was 53, and 84 in 2004.

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