Fenster Family History

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Fenster Name Meaning

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. 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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Fenster Family Origin

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Fenster Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Bar Room and Barber were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fenster. A less common occupation for the Fenster family was Blacksmith. The most common Fenster occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Fenster's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Bar Room

  • Barber

  • Blacksmith


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Fenster Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Fenster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fenster census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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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Draft Card

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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Fenster Life Expectancy

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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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