Last Family History

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Last Name Meaning

English (East Anglia): metonymic occupational name for a cobbler, or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a maker of cobblers’ lasts (see Laster). German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a porter, from Middle High German last; German Last or Yiddish last ‘burden’, ‘load’. Dutch: metonymic occupational name as in 2, from Middle Dutch last ‘load’, ‘burden’; or a nickname for an awkward character, from Dutch last ‘trouble’, ‘nuisance’. French: habitational name from a place so named in Puy-de-Dôme.

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

Similar surnames: Ast, Mast, List, Lust, Gast, Bast, Hast, Nast, Rast, Latt

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Last Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Last name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Last Family Origin

Where is the Last family from?

Last Family Occupations

What did your Last ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Carpenter and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Last. The most common Last occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 9% of Last's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Last family was Labourer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Farmer

  • Labourer


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

Last Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 68,000 census records available for the last name Last. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Last 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Last. 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 115,000 military records available for the last name Last. For the veterans among your Last ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Last Life Expectancy

What is the average Last lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Last life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Last in 1955 was 54, and 81 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Last 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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