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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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Where is the Kasten family from?

You can see how Kasten families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kasten family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kasten families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 195 Kasten families living in Wisconsin. This was about 38% of all the recorded Kasten's in the USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Kasten families in 1880.
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What did your Kasten ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kasten. 22% of Kasten men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Kasten women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kasten were Farm Laborer and Waitress.

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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

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Bookkeeper
    10%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Waitress
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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Draft Cards

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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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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