Thurston Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Thurston Name Meaning

from a medieval personal name, Old Norse þórsteinn, composed of the elements þórr, name of the Scandinavian god of thunder (see Thor) + steinn ‘stone’, ‘rock’, hence ‘altar of Thor’ or perhaps ‘hammer of Thor’. habitational name from Thurston in Suffolk, so called from the genitive case of the Old Norse personal name þóri (see Thor) + Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Hurston, Harston, Tarlton, Burston, Turton, Whiston, Ruston, Thornton

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.


Thurston Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Thurston name?

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

Explore the full experience here
  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


Your own DNA-based ethnicity estimate will differ from what you see here. To get your personalized ethnicity estimate, order an AncestryDNA® kit.order an AncestryDNA® kit.

Order a DNA Kit Today

Thurston Family Origin

Where is the Thurston family from?

Thurston Family Occupations

What did your Thurston ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Thurston family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Thurston. The most common Thurston occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Thurston's were Farmers.

View Census data for Thurston | Data not to scale

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Thurston Historical Records

What Thurston family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 138,000 census records available for the last name Thurston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thurston census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Thurston

Passenger List

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Thurston. 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.

View all Thurston immigration records

Draft Card

There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Thurston. For the veterans among your Thurston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Thurston military records

You've only scratched the surface of Thurston family history.

Thurston Life Expectancy

What is the average Thurston lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Thurston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Thurston in 1942 was 43, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Thurston

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Thurston 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.

Famous Thurston Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name