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Plaster Name Meaning

English and North German: metonymic occupational name for a plasterer from Middle English Middle Low German plaster (from Latin emplastrum ‘(wound) plaster’ (originally a paste) from Greek emplastron a derivative of emplassein ‘to shape or form’; the term was carried over into building terminology to mean ‘bonding agent’). English: variant from a common pronunciation of Plastow a habitational name from any of various places called Plaistow (in East London Derbyshire Sussex and elsewhere) from Old English plegestōw ‘place where people gather for sport or play’. This can also be a variant of Plaisted (through interchangeable use of the Old English elements stōw and stede both meaning ‘place’ in earlier times). Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Pflaster ‘(street) pavement’.

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


Similar surnames: Paster, Laster, Plater, Prater, Panter, Easter, Plaisted, Poster

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Where is the Plaster family from?

You can see how Plaster families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Plaster family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Plaster families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Plaster families living in Illinois. This was about 31% of all the recorded Plaster's in USA. Illinois and 1 other state had the highest population of Plaster families in 1840.
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What did your Plaster ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Plaster. 23% of Plaster men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Plaster women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Plaster were Salesman and Teacher. .

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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
    19%
  • Miner
    12%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    16%
  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Teacher
    10%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Plaster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Plaster 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 720 immigration records available for the last name Plaster. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Plaster. For the veterans among your Plaster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Plaster lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Plaster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Plaster in 1953 was 60, and 84 in 2004.

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