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About the study
The Pester Study holds a large database which connects to descendants in US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Poland & Germany also have a long history of the name.
Pestor, Peaster. Pestalosie/Pesterlosie (in Poland)
Overseas Pesterlosie became Pester once they left Poland and emigrated to the US.
Historical occurrences of the name
Distribution of the name
The name is West Country based but records also show early occurances in London spreading out to the Southern Counties. with the North holding a very small number of individuals and a few families in South Wales who moved from the County of Somerset during the nineteenth century.
Overseas a high percentage left Poland from the Jewish community and emigrated to the US in the 1920's. There is a good population of Pesters in Germany. Many Somerset families emigrated to the US during the nineteenth century.