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Fletcher Name Meaning

English: occupational name for an arrowsmith from Middle English fleccher Old French flechier flecher ‘fletcher’ for someone who made or sold arrows for bows. This surname has sometimes been confused with Flesher .

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

Similar surnames: Letcher, Flesher, Ketcher, Hatcher, Stitcher, Feather, Peacher

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Where is the Fletcher family from?

You can see how Fletcher families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fletcher family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fletcher families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 155 Fletcher families living in Massachusetts. This was about 12% of all the recorded Fletcher's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Fletcher families in 1840.
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What did your Fletcher ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fletcher. 17% of Fletcher men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Fletcher women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fletcher were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 966,000 census records available for the last name Fletcher. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fletcher 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 99,000 immigration records available for the last name Fletcher. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 114,000 military records available for the last name Fletcher. For the veterans among your Fletcher ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fletcher lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Fletcher life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Fletcher in 1940 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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