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Fenster Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a window maker from Middle High German venster German Fenster ‘window’. Medieval windows were often just holes in the wall; indeed the English word window derives from Old Norse vindauga ‘wind eye’. Later they were filled with a frame containing thin layers of translucent horn and eventually glass normally only in small pieces leaded together. As a Jewish name in many families it is one of the surnames randomly assigned by Austrian clerks. German: possibly a habitational name from any of various minor places so named from being in a gap in a range of hills or a clearing in a wood; it may also have been a topographic name for someone who lived in a house remarkable for its windows.

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

Similar surnames: Finster, Easter, Nester, Genser, Bester, Elster, Kensler, Feister

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Where is the Fenster family from?

You can see how Fenster families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fenster family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Fenster families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 13 Fenster families living in Nebraska. This was about 14% of all the recorded Fenster's in USA. Nebraska and 1 other state had the highest population of Fenster families in 1880.
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What did your Fenster ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fenster. 11% of Fenster men worked as a Salesman and 12% of Fenster women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fenster were Farmer 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

  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Farming
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
  • Saleslady
  • Secretary
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Fenster. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Fenster. For the veterans among your Fenster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fenster lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Fenster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Fenster in 1947 was 60, and 77 in 2004.

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