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Roster Name Meaning

German (also Röster): occupational name for a lime burner smelter or blacksmith a variant of Rost 2 with the addition of the agent suffix -er. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic; also Röster): variant of Rost 3 with the addition of the agent suffix -er (compare 1 above). English: commonly a shortened form of Rossiter . English: in the West Midlands likely a habitational name from Rocester (Staffordshire) pronounced like the word roaster probably from Old English rūh ‘rough’ + ceaster ‘old (Roman) fortification’. Alternatively the name may arise from Wroxeter (Shropshire) but this is a doubtful explanation as no medieval evidence has been found of a surname derived from this place. Wroxeter on the site of a former Roman town is named with Old English ceaster ‘city fortified town’ which has been added to a pre-existing Brittonic name for it perhaps Viriconion ‘the town of a man named Virico’.

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


Similar surnames: Poster, Koster, Rotter, Roser, Doster, Rister, Rosser, Rosler, Coster

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Where is the Roster family from?

You can see how Roster families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roster family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roster families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Roster family living in Kentucky. This was about 33% of all the recorded Roster's in USA. Kentucky and 2 other states had the highest population of Roster families in 1840.
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What did your Roster ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Roster. 25% of Roster men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Roster women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roster were Manager and Servant. .

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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

  • Laborer
    25%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Manager
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    15%
  • Maid
    15%
  • New Worker
    12%
  • Servant
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Roster. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Roster. For the veterans among your Roster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Roster lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Roster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Roster in 1964 was 73, and 79 in 2004.

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