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Holston Name Meaning

English (Middlesex and Sussex): possibly a variant of Halston which is partly a habitational name from Halston (Shropshire) perhaps named with an Old English personal name Ealh + tūn ‘farmstead estate’ and partly derived from the Middle English personal name Halstein. Alternatively Holston may be a habitational name from Holstone in Durham (from Old English hol ‘hole hollow’ + stān ‘stone’) or from a lost or unidentified place so called. Probably an Americanized form of German Holsten .

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


Similar surnames: Colston, Rolston, Holton, Hogston, Houston, Colton, Harston, Hilton

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Where is the Holston family from?

You can see how Holston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Holston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Holston families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 15 Holston families living in Virginia. This was about 28% of all the recorded Holston's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Holston families in 1840.
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What did your Holston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Holston. 32% of Holston men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Holston women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Holston were Clerk and Servant. .

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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
    32%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Truck Driver
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    14%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Seamstress
    8%
  • Servant
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 843 immigration records available for the last name Holston. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Holston. For the veterans among your Holston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Holston lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Holston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Holston in 1946 was 36, and 77 in 2004.

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