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Poston Name Meaning

English:: topographic name for someone who lived by a postern gate from Middle English postern(e) ‘side door or gate secret door or passage’; in some cases it would have been a metonymic occupational name for a gatekeeper and in some may be a habitational name from a place such as Postern in Kent or Derbyshire. habitational name from Poston in Herefordshire or Poston in Shropshire which is named with an Old English personal name Possa + thorn ‘thorn tree’.

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


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

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Where is the Poston family from?

You can see how Poston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Poston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Poston families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 21 Poston families living in South Carolina. This was about 24% of all the recorded Poston's in USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Poston families in 1840.
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What did your Poston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Poston. 23% of Poston men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Poston women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Poston were Farm Laborer 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%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    14%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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