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Prast Name Meaning

North German: occupational name from Middle Low German pravest ‘provost’. See also Provost. German: nickname for an ostentatious person, from Middle High German brast ‘pageantry’, ‘show’, ‘display’. Austrian: dialect form of Propst.

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


Similar surnames: Prost, Grass, Rast, Brass, Gast, Plass, Pobst, Kraut, Platt, Prall

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Where is the Prast family from?

You can see how Prast families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Prast family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Prast families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 13 Prast families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Prast's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Prast families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Prast surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Prast ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Prast. 40% of Prast men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Prast women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Prast were Salesman and Maid.

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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
    40%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Brickmason
    8%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    34%
  • Typist
    34%
  • Maid
    34%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Prast. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Prast 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 509 immigration records available for the last name Prast. 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 594 military records available for the last name Prast. For the veterans among your Prast ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Prast lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Prast life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Prast in 1964 was 61, and 90 in 2004.

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