Meister Family History

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Meister Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): status name for someone who was master of his craft, from Middle High German meister ‘master’ (from Latin magister). The surname Meister is established throughout central Europe; in Poland it is also spelled Majster. As an Ashkenazic Jewish surname it denoted a rabbi as a leading figure in a Jewish community.

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

Similar surnames: Mester, Meisler, Meester, Leister, Feister, Weisser, Meisel, Meissner

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Meister Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Meister name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Meister. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Meister Family Origin

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Meister Family Occupations

What did your Meister ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Meister. A less common occupation for the Meister family was Tailor. The most common Meister occupation in the USA was Farmer. 21% of Meister's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Tailor


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Meister ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Meister Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Meister. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Meister 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Meister. 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 25,000 military records available for the last name Meister. For the veterans among your Meister ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Meister Life Expectancy

What is the average Meister lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Meister life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Meister in 1943 was 25, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Meister ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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