Kasten Family History

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Kasten Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: from a vernacular personal name, a variant of Karsten. German: from Middle High German kasten ‘chest’, ‘coffer’ or kornkasten ‘grain bin’, hence a metonymic occupational name for the manager of a granary, and later for the treasurer of an estate or guild. See also Kastner. South German (Bavaria): topographic name from the dialect word Kasten ‘crag’, ‘steep rock’. Swedish (Kastén): from an unexplained first element, perhaps part of a place name, + the adjectival suffix -én, a derivative of Latin -enius.

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

Similar surnames: Kosten, Kaste, Kaster, Kastan, Casten, Masten, Kater, Kesten, Easter

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Kasten Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kasten name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Sweden


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Kasten Family Origin

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Kasten Family Occupations

What did your Kasten ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Kasten occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Kasten's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Kasten family was Carriage Trimmer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kasten.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carriage Trimmer


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

Kasten Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Kasten. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kasten 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Kasten. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Kasten. For the veterans among your Kasten ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kasten Life Expectancy

What is the average Kasten lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Kasten life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Kasten in 1942 was 37, and 80 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kasten 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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