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Rost Name Meaning

German: nickname for a red-haired man from Middle High German rost ‘rust’. German: metonymic occupational name for a limeburner or blacksmith from Middle High German Middle Low German rōst ‘grate grill’ or Middle High German rōst(e) ‘fire embers pyre grate’ (typically one for burning lime). Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from German Rost ‘rust’ also ‘grill grating’ (compare 1 and 2 above) mainly one of names distributed at random by Austrian clerks. Norwegian (Røst): habitational name from the farm name Røst from rust ‘small wood grove’. English (Kent): variant of Rust .

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

Similar surnames: Post, Ross, Rust, Rose, Kost, Root, Prost, Trost, Most, Brost

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Where is the Rost family from?

You can see how Rost families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rost family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rost families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Rost families living in Louisiana. This was about 45% of all the recorded Rost's in USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Rost families in 1840.
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What did your Rost ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rost. 14% of Rost men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Rost women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rost were Clerk 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Maid
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Rost. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Rost. For the veterans among your Rost ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rost lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Rost life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Rost in 1943 was 48, and 80 in 2004.

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