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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). As a Jewish surname it denoted a rabbi as a leading figure in a Jewish community. The German surname in this form is also found in some other European countries e.g. in France (Alsace) the Netherlands Czechia and Poland. Germanized form of Slovenian Majster or Majšter and possibly also of Czech Majstr: status name of ultimate German origin (see 1 above).

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


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

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Where is the Meister family from?

You can see how Meister families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Meister family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Meister families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Meister families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 60% of all the recorded Meister's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Meister families in 1840.
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What did your Meister ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Meister. 16% of Meister men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Meister women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Meister were Clerk and Saleslady. .

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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
    16%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housework
    7%
  • Saleslady
    7%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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