Koster Family History

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Koster Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: status name for a sexton, Middle Dutch coster(e). Compare German Kuster. North German (Köster): occupational nickname or status name for a day laborer who owned no land, from Middle Low German koster, from kossater ‘cottager’. South German: occupational name for a wine taster, from kosten ‘to taste’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a grocer or provisioner, from German Koster ‘provisions’, ‘foodstuffs’ + the agent suffix -er.

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

Similar surnames: Oster, Kuster, Poster, Kolter, Doster, Coster, Kloster, Kosten

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Koster Family Origin

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Koster Family Occupations

What did your Koster ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Koster. 19% of Koster men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Koster women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Koster were Carpenter and Seamstress

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Seamstress

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Koster Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Koster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Koster 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Koster. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Koster. For the veterans among your Koster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Koster Life Expectancy

What is the average Koster lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Koster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Koster in 1943 was 35, and 81 in 2004.

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