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Meester Family History

Meester Name Meaning

Dutch and Flemish: occupational name for a teacher or lecturer or someone who was master of his craft ultimately from Latin magister. This surname is also found in northern Germany. Compare De Meester and Mester .

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


Similar surnames: Meister, Mester, Pester, Bester, Easter, Riester, Meisler, Brester

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Where is the Meester family from?

You can see how Meester families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Meester family name was found in the USA, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Meester families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 19 Meester families living in Iowa. This was about 56% of all the recorded Meester's in USA. Iowa had the highest population of Meester families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Meester surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Meester ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Meester. 38% of Meester men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Meester women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Meester 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
    38%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Farm Laborer
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    25%
  • Maid
    25%
  • Seamstress
    17%
  • Waitress
    17%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Meester. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Meester 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 856 immigration records available for the last name Meester. 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 312 military records available for the last name Meester. For the veterans among your Meester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Meester lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Meester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1963, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Meester in 1963 was 52, and 68 in 2004.

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