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Polster Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German polster ‘cushion’, ‘pillow’, ‘bolster’ (Old High German polstar), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of pillows, or a nickname for a plump man.

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

Similar surnames: Poster, Kolter, Bolter, Postel, Plaster, Plater, Doster, Porter

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Where is the Polster family from?

You can see how Polster families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Polster family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Polster families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 9 Polster families living in Yorkshire. This was about 69% of all the recorded Polster's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Polster families in 1891.
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What did your Polster ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Polster. 17% of Polster men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Polster women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Polster were Farming and Clerk. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Polster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Polster census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Polster. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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

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What is the average Polster lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Polster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Polster in 1952 was 59, and 75 in 2004.

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