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Hurston Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Hurston in Chagford (Devon) Hurston in Whitestone (Devon) or Hurston in Storrington (Sussex). The Chagford placename derives from Old English heorot ‘hart stag’ (genitive heor(o)tes) + tūn ‘farmstead estate’ while the Whitestone placename comes from Old English heorot ‘hart stag’ (genitive heor(o)tes) + thorn ‘thorn tree’. The Storrington placename derives from Old English hyrst ‘hillock copse wooded hill’ + tūn.

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


Similar surnames: Harston, Burston, Thurston, Durston, Hunton, Horton, Cureton, Muston

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Where is the Hurston family from?

You can see how Hurston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hurston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hurston families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Hurston families living in Kentucky. This was about 36% of all the recorded Hurston's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Hurston families in 1840.
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What did your Hurston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hurston. 41% of Hurston men worked as a Laborer and 37% of Hurston women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hurston were Salesman and Experimental. .

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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
    41%
  • Farmer
    23%
  • Painter
    6%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    37%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Servant
    8%
  • Experimental
    8%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Hurston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hurston 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 414 immigration records available for the last name Hurston. 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 714 military records available for the last name Hurston. For the veterans among your Hurston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hurston lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hurston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Hurston in 1940 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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