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Horst Family History

Horst Name Meaning

topographic name from Middle Low German hurst, Middle Dutch horst ‘undergrowth’, ‘brushwood’, ‘wild place’. More specifically, the term was also used to denote a crow’s or similar large bird’s nest, a raised area in surrounding marshland, or an area of uncleared woodland, all of which meanings could have contributed to the surname. habitational name from any of numerous places named with this word.

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

Similar surnames: Hurst, Hirst, Dorst, Borst, Host, Vorst, Forst, Holst, Horch, Hardt

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Where is the Horst family from?

You can see how Horst families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Horst family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Horst families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 87 Horst families living in Yorkshire. This was about 41% of all the recorded Horst's in the UK. Yorkshire had the highest population of Horst families in 1891.
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What did your Horst ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Insurance Broker and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Horst. 87% of Horst women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties.

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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

  • Insurance Broker

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • House Wife
  • Unpaid Domestic
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Horst. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Horst. For the veterans among your Horst ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Horst lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Horst life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Horst in 1947 was 33, and 79 in 2004.

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