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Last Name Meaning

English (East Anglia): metonymic occupational name for a cobbler, or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a maker of cobblers’ lasts (see Laster). German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a porter, from Middle High German last; German Last or Yiddish last ‘burden’, ‘load’. Dutch: metonymic occupational name as in 2, from Middle Dutch last ‘load’, ‘burden’; or a nickname for an awkward character, from Dutch last ‘trouble’, ‘nuisance’. French: habitational name from a place so named in Puy-de-Dôme.

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


Similar surnames: Ast, Mast, List, Lust, Gast, Bast, Hast, Nast, Rast, Latt

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Where is the Last family from?

You can see how Last families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Last family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Last families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1880 there were 123 Last families living in Wisconsin. This was about 46% of all the recorded Last's in the USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Last families in 1880.
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What did your Last ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Last. 20% of Last men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Last women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Last were Painter 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

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Painter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Bookkeeper
    11%
  • Housework
    11%
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Census Records

There are 68,000 census records available for the last name Last. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Last 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Last. 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 115,000 military records available for the last name Last. For the veterans among your Last ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Last lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Last life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Last in 1955 was 54, and 81 in 2004.

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