Holstein Family History

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Holstein Name Meaning

German: regional name from the province of Holstein, long disputed between Germany and Denmark. This gets its name from holsten, the dative plural, originally used after a preposition, of holst, from Middle Low German holt-sate ‘dweller in the woods’ (from Middle Low German holt ‘wood’ + sate, sete ‘tenant’). The final syllable has been erroneously altered by analogy with North German Steen ‘stone’, which in South German and standard German has the form Stein.

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

Similar surnames: Holsten, Hulstein, Goldstein, Holten, Hollstein, Hartstein, Hochstein

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Holstein Family Origin

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Holstein Family Occupations

What did your Holstein ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Glazier, Lemon Hawker and Sawyer Unemployed were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Holstein. The most common Holstein occupation in the UK was Glazier. 17% of Holstein's were Glaziers. A less common occupation for the Holstein family was Stripper & Grinder (Cotton Manuf).

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  • Glazier

  • Lemon Hawker

  • Sawyer Unemployed

  • Stripper & Grinder (Cotton Manuf)


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

Holstein Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Holstein. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Holstein 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Holstein. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Holstein. For the veterans among your Holstein ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Holstein Life Expectancy

What is the average Holstein lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Holstein life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Holstein in 1947 was 41, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Holstein

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Holstein 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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