Poston Family History

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Poston Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived by a postern gate, from Old French posterne; in some cases it would have been a metonymic occupational name for a gatekeeper. habitational name from Poston in Herefordshire or Poston in Shropshire, which is named with an Old English personal name Possa + þorn ‘thorn tree’.

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

Similar surnames: Foston, Roston, Boston, Posson, Ponton, Post, Royston, Porten

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Poston Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Poston name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Poston. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Poston Family Origin

Where is the Poston family from?

Poston Family Occupations

What did your Poston ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Poston family was Keeping House. The most common Poston occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Poston's were Farmers. Farmer, Farming and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Poston.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Poston ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Poston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Poston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Poston census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Poston. 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 Card

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Poston. For the veterans among your Poston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Poston Life Expectancy

What is the average Poston lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Poston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Poston in 1943 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Poston ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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