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Most Name Meaning

German: metonymic occupational name for a producer or seller of must i.e. unfermented grape juice Middle High (and Low) German most (from Latin mustum vinum ‘young (i.e. fresh) wine’). The same term was also used to denote perry and cider since these do not keep well and need to be drunk while still fresh. Dutch (Van der Most): topographic name for someone who lived by marshy land from Middle Dutch mos most ‘pool swamp bog’. Polish and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): topographic name from Slavic most ‘bridge’ or a habitational name from any of several places called with this word. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from German Most ‘young (i.e. fresh) wine’ (see 1 above) one of surnames distributed at random by Austrian clerks. English (Lancashire): variant of Must . This form of the surname is rare in Britain.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Post, Moss, Kost, Mast, Ost, Mont, Host, Molt, Moat, Mott

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You can see how Most families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Most family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Most families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Most families living in Ohio. This was about 38% of all the recorded Most's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Most families in 1840.
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What did your Most ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Most. 27% of Most men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Most women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Most were Clerk and Typist. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housework
  • Typist
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There are 41,000 military records available for the last name Most. For the veterans among your Most ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Most life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Most in 1945 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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