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Rast Name Meaning

Swiss and German: habitational name from a place named Rast, for example near Messkirch, interpreted by Brechenmacher as meaning ‘resting place’, ‘stopping place’ (Middle High German reste), but by Bahlow as a term denoting water or marsh. In some cases the surname may be topographic in origin.

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


Similar surnames: Rust, Mast, Last, Ras, Gast, Rase, Nast, Hast, Prast, Rasp

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Where is the Rast family from?

You can see how Rast families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rast family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rast families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Rast families living in South Carolina. This was about 75% of all the recorded Rast's in the USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Rast families in 1840.
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What did your Rast ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rast. 28% of Rast men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Rast women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rast were Carpenter and Secretary.

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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
    28%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    17%
  • Bookkeeper
    12%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Secretary
    9%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Rast. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rast 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 Rast. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Rast. For the veterans among your Rast ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rast lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Rast life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Rast in 1957 was 62, and 80 in 2004.

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