Sebastian Family History

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Sebastian Name Meaning

German, Spanish (Sebastián), and southern French (Sébastian): from the personal name Sebastian, Latin Sebastianus. This was originally an ethnic name meaning ‘man from Sebastia’, a city in Pontus named from Greek sebastos ‘revered’ (the Greek equivalent of Augustus). This surname is also sometimes born by Jews, presumably as an adoption of the German surname.

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

Similar surnames: Sebastiano, Savasta, Bastian, Christian, Bostian, Bastion, Bastien

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Sebastian Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sebastian name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Sebastian Family Origin

Where is the Sebastian family from?

Sebastian Family Occupations

What did your Sebastian ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sebastian. The most common Sebastian occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Sebastian's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Sebastian family was Keeping House.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


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

Sebastian Historical Records

What Sebastian family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Sebastian. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sebastian 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Sebastian. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Sebastian. For the veterans among your Sebastian ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sebastian Life Expectancy

What is the average Sebastian lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Sebastian life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Sebastian in 1945 was 29, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sebastian

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sebastian 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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