Munster Family History

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Munster Name Meaning

German and Dutch (Munster, Münster): habitational name from places called Munster or Münster, derived from Latin monasterium ‘monastery’, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a monastery. Irish: see Moynihan.

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

Similar surnames: Muster, Fenster, Munter, Huster, Minster, Dunster, Munsey, Muenster

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Munster Family Origin

Where is the Munster family from?

Munster Family Occupations

What did your Munster ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Munster occupation in the UK was Barrister At Law. 8% of Munster's were Barrister At Laws. Barrister At Law, Bootmaker and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Munster. A less common occupation for the Munster family was Cotton Operative.

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  • Barrister At Law

  • Bootmaker

  • Coal Miner

  • Cotton Operative


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

Munster Historical Records

What Munster family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Munster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Munster census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Munster

Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Munster. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Munster. For the veterans among your Munster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Munster Life Expectancy

What is the average Munster lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Munster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Munster in 1957 was 47, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Munster

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Munster 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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