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Durston Name Meaning

English (Somerset): habitational name from Durston in Somerset, named with the Old English personal name Deor + tun ‘settlement’, ‘farmstead’.

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


Similar surnames: Hurston, Burston, Duston, Harston, Muston, Turton, Dunton, Dutton

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Where is the Durston family from?

You can see how Durston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Durston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Durston families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 380 Durston families living in Somerset. This was about 57% of all the recorded Durston's in the UK. Somerset had the highest population of Durston families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Durston surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Durston ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Dairy Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Durston. 17% of Durston men worked as a Dairy Farmer and 71% of Durston women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Durston were Motor Mechanic and Domestic Servant.

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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 1939

  • Dairy Farmer
    17%
  • General Labourer
    11%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Motor Mechanic
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Domestic Servant
    3%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Durston. 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 Cards

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

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What is the average Durston lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2004, in the United States, Durston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Durston in 1966 was 73, and 86 in 2004.

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