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Sebastian Family History

Sebastian Name Meaning

German English French and Jewish; Spanish (Sebastián): from the personal name Sebastian Latin Sebastianus borne by a 3rd-century Christian saint. 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 borne by Jews presumably as an adoption of the German surname.

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

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

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Where is the Sebastian family from?

You can see how Sebastian families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sebastian family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sebastian families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Sebastian families living in Missouri. This was about 25% of all the recorded Sebastian's in USA. Missouri had the highest population of Sebastian families in 1840.
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What did your Sebastian ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sebastian. 20% of Sebastian men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Sebastian women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sebastian were Truck Driver and Housework. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Housework
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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