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Post Family History

Post Name Meaning

North German, Danish, and Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived near a post or pole (Middle Low German, Middle Dutch post, from Latin postis), presumably one of some significance, e.g. serving as a landmark or boundary, or a habitational name from any of several places in northern Germany called Post, probably from this word. North German: occupational name for a mounted messenger or courier Middle Low German post. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a mailman, from German Post ‘mail’. Probably an altered spelling of German Pfost.

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


Similar surnames: Pott, Most, Port, Host, Kost, Ost, Polt, Pfost, Rost, Pont

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Where is the Post family from?

You can see how Post families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Post family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Post families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 353 Post families living in New York. This was about 45% of all the recorded Post's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Post families in 1840.
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What did your Post ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Post. 14% of Post men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Post women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Post were Carpenter 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
    14%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 162,000 census records available for the last name Post. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Post 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 20,000 immigration records available for the last name Post. 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 64,000 military records available for the last name Post. For the veterans among your Post ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Post lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Post life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Post in 1941 was 55, and 78 in 2004.

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