Coster Family History

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Coster Name Meaning

English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of costards (Anglo-Norman French, from coste ‘rib’), a variety of large apples, so called for their prominent ribs. In some cases, it may have been a nickname (from the same word) for a person with an apple-shaped (i.e. round) head. Dutch: status name for a churchwarden, from Late Latin custor ‘guard’, ‘warden’. Variant spelling of German Koster.

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

Similar surnames: Koster, Hoster, Poster, Cater, Oster, Colter, Cotter, Doster, Custer

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Coster Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Coster name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Coster. 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


  • Norway


  • European Jewish


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Coster Family Origin

Where is the Coster family from?

Coster Family Occupations

What did your Coster ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Coster family was Cigar Maker. The most common Coster occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Coster's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Carpenter and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Coster.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Labourer

  • Cigar Maker


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

Coster Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 47,000 census records available for the last name Coster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Coster 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Coster. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Coster. For the veterans among your Coster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Coster Life Expectancy

What is the average Coster lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Coster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Coster in 1946 was 54, and 89 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Coster

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Coster 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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