Rost Family History

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Rost Name Meaning

nickname for a red-haired person, from Middle High German rost ‘rust’. metonymic occupational name for a limeburner or blacksmith, from Middle High German, Middle Low German rost ‘grate’, ‘grill’ or Middle High German rost(e) ‘fire’, ‘embers’, ‘pyre’, ‘grate’ (typically one for burning lime).

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

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

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Rost Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rost name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Rost Family Origin

Where is the Rost family from?

Rost Family Occupations

What did your Rost ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Rost occupation in the USA was Farmer. 22% of Rost's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Rost family was Butcher. Farmer, Laborer and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rost.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Tailor

  • Butcher


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

Rost Historical Records

What Rost family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 30,000 census records available for the last name Rost. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rost 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 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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Draft Card

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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Rost Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rost 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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