Holston Family History

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Holston Name Meaning

English: probably a variant of Halston, which is partly a habitational name from Halston in Shropshire, possibly named with the Old English personal name Ealh + tun ‘settlement’, and partly derived from the Old Norse personal name Halsteinn. Alternatively, it may perhaps be a habitational name from Holstone in County Durham, so named from Old English hol ‘hollow’ + stan ‘stone’. Possibly an Americanized form of Holstein.

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

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

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Holston Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Holston name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Holston Family Origin

Where is the Holston family from?

Holston Family Occupations

What did your Holston ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Holston. The most common Holston occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Holston's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Holston 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 Holston ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Holston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Holston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Holston 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 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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Draft Card

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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Holston Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Holston 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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