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Kost Name Meaning

German Dutch Polish and Ukrainian; Rusyn (in Slovakia mainly Kosť): from a (medieval) vernacular short form of local equivalents (for some of the Slavic ones see Kostyk ) of the Latin personal names Constantius and Constantinus (see Constant Constantine ). Ukrainian and Polish; Czech (also Kosť) and Slovak (mainly Kosť): nickname for a bony angular person from Ukrainian and Czech kost Slovak kosť Polish kość ‘bone’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a grocer from German Kost ‘provisions food’. In some cases also an American shortened form of any Slavic surname beginning with Kost-. Compare Cost .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Kos, Kort, Koss, Kot, Post, Most, Ost, Kosa, Host, Kust

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Where is the Kost family from?

You can see how Kost families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kost family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Kost families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Kost families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 67% of all the recorded Kost's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kost families in 1840.
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What did your Kost ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kost. 22% of Kost men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Kost women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kost were Salesman 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Miner
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Waitress
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Kost. 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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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Kost. For the veterans among your Kost ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kost lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Kost life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Kost in 1949 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

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