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Nestor Surname Meaning

Irish: from Mac an Aghastair (formerly Mac Girr an Adhastair) a byname meaning ‘short man of the halter’ i.e. one who looked after horses. This Anglicized form has been assimilated to classical Greek Nestor as 2 below. Dutch German French Romanian Slovak Ukrainian Polish and West Indian (mainly Haiti): from a classical Greek personal name Nestōr borne by a king of Pylos who was one of the Greek leaders in the Trojan war noted for his age and wisdom. In Homer's Odyssey the aged Nestor gives wise advice to Odysseus’ son Telemachos; Nestor is thus also a nickname sometimes given to the oldest person in a group. This name was also borne by several Christian saints including an early martyr from Asia Minor. Compare Nester .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hector, Nester, Pastor, Nesta, Bester, Mester, Vester, Textor, Nesson

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Where is the Nestor family from?

You can see how Nestor families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nestor family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nestor families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 29 Nestor families living in Lancashire. This was about 31% of all the recorded Nestor's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Nestor families in 1891.
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What did your Nestor ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farm Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Nestor. 28% of Nestor men worked as a Farm Labourer and 85% of Nestor women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nestor were General Labourer and Private Means. .

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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

  • Farm Labourer
  • School Teacher
  • Builders Labourer
  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Duties Unpaid
  • Private Means
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Passenger Lists

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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Nestor. For the veterans among your Nestor ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nestor lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Nestor life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Nestor in 1945 was 25, and 78 in 2004.

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