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Nester Name Meaning

German: presumably a topographic name from Middle High German nest ‘nest’, ‘hideout’, ‘home’, or possibly a nickname for a surly person, from a derivative of Middle High German nast ‘knot’ (see Nast). German: habitational name for someone from Nest, a place near Köslin in eastern Germany. Possibly an altered spelling of Nestor.

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


Similar surnames: Nesser, Netter, Pester, Bester, Rester, Reuter, Tester, Wester, Ester

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Where is the Nester family from?

You can see how Nester families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nester family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nester families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Nester families living in Virginia. This was about 35% of all the recorded Nester's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Nester families in 1840.
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What did your Nester ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Nester. 23% of Nester men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Nester women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nester were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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
    23%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Nester. For the veterans among your Nester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nester lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Nester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Nester in 1942 was 35, and 77 in 2004.

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