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Postma Name Meaning

Frisian: variant of Posthumus.

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

Similar surnames: Postema, Posthuma, Popma, Kosta, Postal, Kostman, Posten, Posa, Bosma

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Where is the Postma family from?

You can see how Postma families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Postma family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Postma families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 19 Postma families living in Michigan. This was about 46% of all the recorded Postma's in the USA. Michigan had the highest population of Postma families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Postma surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Postma ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Postma. 40% of Postma men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Postma women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Postma were Machinist and Nurse.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Nurse
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Postma. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Postma 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Postma. 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 590 military records available for the last name Postma. For the veterans among your Postma ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Postma lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Postma life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Postma in 1942 was 40, and 78 in 2004.

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