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Guest Family History

Guest Name Meaning

English: nickname for a stranger or newcomer to a community, from Middle English g(h)est ‘guest’, ‘visitor’ (from Old Norse gestr, absorbing the cognate Old English giest).

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


Similar surnames: Gast, Gust, Gent, Guess, Hurst, Wuest, West, Test, Oest, Gush

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Where is the Guest family from?

You can see how Guest families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Guest family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Guest families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 15 Guest families living in New York. This was about 18% of all the recorded Guest's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Guest families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Guest surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Guest ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Guest. 17% of Guest men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Guest women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Guest were Carpenter and Clerk.

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
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What Guest family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 167,000 census records available for the last name Guest. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Guest 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Guest. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Guest. For the veterans among your Guest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Guest lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Guest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Guest in 1942 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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