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Kesten Family History

Kesten Name Meaning

German:: from the personal name Kesten a short form of Christian . habitational name from a place near Wittlich on the Mosel river. shortened form of Kestenbaum .

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


Similar surnames: Kosten, Kessen, Kestel, Kasten, Kersten, Gersten, Fester, Nester

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Where is the Kesten family from?

You can see how Kesten families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kesten family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Kesten families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 12 Kesten families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 28% of all the recorded Kesten's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kesten families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kesten surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kesten ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kesten. 17% of Kesten men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Kesten women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kesten were Medical Doctor and Housework. .

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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
    17%
  • Proprietor
    13%
  • Operator
    10%
  • Medical Doctor
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    25%
  • Housekeeper
    25%
  • Housewife
    17%
  • Housework
    17%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Kesten. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kesten 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 909 immigration records available for the last name Kesten. 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 471 military records available for the last name Kesten. For the veterans among your Kesten ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kesten lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Kesten life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Kesten in 1956 was 57, and 95 in 2004.

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