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Wuest Family History

Wuest Name Meaning

from Middle High German wüeste ‘empty’, ‘uncultivated’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived on a piece of waste or fallow land, or a nickname for a coarse or uncultivated man. habitational name from any of various places called Wust, for example in Brandenburg and Saxony.

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


Similar surnames: West, Wurst, Hurst, Wiese, Oest, Quast, Pust, Hulst, Huett, Cuesta

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Where is the Wuest family from?

You can see how Wuest families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wuest family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Wuest families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 161 Wuest families living in Ohio. This was about 40% of all the recorded Wuest's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Wuest families in 1880.
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What did your Wuest ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wuest. 13% of Wuest men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Wuest women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wuest were Machinist and Operator.

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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
    13%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Proprietor
    7%
  • Machinist
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    12%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Housework
    7%
  • Operator
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Wuest. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Wuest. For the veterans among your Wuest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wuest lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Wuest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Wuest in 1942 was 35, and 75 in 2004.

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