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Mester Name Meaning

North German: variant of Meister . Hungarian: occupational name for a teacher or master craftsman from the vocabulary word mester ‘master craftsman’ or alternatively a status name for a learned person. Compare Meister . Flemish and Dutch: variant of Meester .

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


Similar surnames: Master, Meister, Meester, Vester, Bester, Tester, Pester, Muster

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Where is the Mester family from?

You can see how Mester families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mester family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mester families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Mester family living in Massachusetts. This was about 50% of all the recorded Mester's in USA. Massachusetts and 1 other state had the highest population of Mester families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mester surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mester ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Mester. 23% of Mester men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Mester women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mester were Machinist 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

  • Laborer
    23%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Machinist
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    14%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Waitress
    10%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Mester. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mester 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Mester. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Mester. For the veterans among your Mester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mester lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Mester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Mester in 1942 was 45, and 82 in 2004.

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