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Halstead Name Meaning

habitational name from any of the various places bearing this name, for example in Essex (Haltesteda in Domesday Book), Kent, and Leicestershire, all of which are probably named from Old English h(e)ald ‘refuge’, ‘shelter’ + stede ‘site’, or possibly Hawstead in Suffolk, which has the same origin. However, the name is now most frequent in Lancashire and Yorkshire, where it is from High Halstead in Burnley, named as the ‘site of a hall’, from Old English h(e)all ‘hall’ + stede ‘place’. occupational name for someone employed at ‘the hall buildings’, Middle English hallested, an ostler or cowhand, for instance.

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


Similar surnames: Hempstead, Halse, Milstead, Stead, Anstead, Holstead, Balstad, Halter

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Where is the Halstead family from?

You can see how Halstead families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Halstead family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Halstead families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 67 Halstead families living in New York. This was about 47% of all the recorded Halstead's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Halstead families in 1840.
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What did your Halstead ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Halstead. 16% of Halstead men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Halstead women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Halstead were Carpenter and Stenographer.

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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

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Waitress
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 94,000 census records available for the last name Halstead. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Halstead 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Halstead. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Halstead. For the veterans among your Halstead ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Halstead lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Halstead life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Halstead in 1952 was 27, and 78 in 2004.

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