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Pfost Family History

Pfost Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German pfost ‘stake’, ‘post’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of stakes or posts or a topographic name for someone living near a prominent stake.

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


Similar surnames: Post, Prost, Pott, Forst, Port, Rost, Prast, Pust, Probst, Proft

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Where is the Pfost family from?

You can see how Pfost families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pfost family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1880 and 1920. The most Pfost families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 31 Pfost families living in Missouri. This was about 33% of all the recorded Pfost's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Pfost families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pfost surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pfost ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pfost. 40% of Pfost men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Pfost women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pfost were Salesman and Housewife.

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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
    40%
  • Truck Driver
    12%
  • Polisher
    8%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    27%
  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • College
    14%
  • Housewife
    14%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Pfost. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pfost 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 163 immigration records available for the last name Pfost. 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 453 military records available for the last name Pfost. For the veterans among your Pfost ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pfost lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Pfost life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Pfost in 1957 was 59, and 77 in 2004.

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