Hester Family History

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Hester Name Meaning

North German: topographic name for someone who lived by a conspicuous beech tree, Middle Low German hester. Irish (mainly County Mayo): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hOistir ‘descendant of Oistir’.

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

Similar surnames: Vester, Ester, Wester, Nester, Bester, Tester, Hoster, Huster, Pester

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Hester Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hester name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hester. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Hester Family Origin

Where is the Hester family from?

Hester Family Occupations

What did your Hester ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hester. The most common Hester occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Hester's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Hester family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Hester ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Hester Historical Records

What Hester family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 139,000 census records available for the last name Hester. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hester 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Hester. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Hester. For the veterans among your Hester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hester Life Expectancy

What is the average Hester lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Hester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Hester in 1941 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hester ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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