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Pastor Name Meaning

English French Portuguese Galician Spanish and Catalan: occupational name for a shepherd Anglo-Norman French pastre (oblique case pastour) Old French Portuguese Galician Spanish and Catalan pastor ‘shepherd’ from Latin pastor an agent derivative of pascere ‘to graze’. The religious sense of a spiritual leader was rare in the Middle Ages; it is unlikely therefore that this sense lies behind any examples of the surname. German and Dutch: humanistic surname a translation into Latin of German Schäfer (see Schafer ) or any other surname meaning ‘shepherd’. Compare Pastorius . Americanized form of Hungarian Pásztor: occupational name from pásztor ‘shepherd’.

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

Similar surnames: Paster, Astor, Plaster, Pester, Panter, Rasor, Prator, Kastor, Kantor

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Where is the Pastor family from?

You can see how Pastor families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pastor family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pastor families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Pastor families living in New York. This was about 40% of all the recorded Pastor's in USA. New York had the highest population of Pastor families in 1840.
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What did your Pastor ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pastor. 29% of Pastor men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Pastor women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pastor were Truck Driver and Laborer. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Laborer
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Pastor. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pastor 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Pastor. 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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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Pastor. For the veterans among your Pastor ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pastor lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Pastor life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Pastor in 1942 was 30, and 77 in 2004.

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