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Belcher Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin):: from Old French bel ch(i)ere or beu ch(i)ere (Old French beu bel ‘fair lovely’ + ch(i)ere ‘face countenance’) which had various senses including ‘fair face or looks fine manners good company good cheer food and drink hospitality’. Although ch(i)ere originally meant ‘face’ the word later came to mean also ‘demeanor disposition’ (hence English cheer) and the nickname may thus also have denoted a person of pleasant cheerful disposition. from Old French bel beu + sire ‘fair sir’ a term of address. From at least the 15th century this name was probably confused with the name above owing to the pronunciation of Middle English beu sire and bel sire as ‘bewcher’ and ‘belsher’.

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

Similar surnames: Becher, Bacher, Butcher, Peacher, Fulcher, Boucher, Beacher, Pelcher

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Where is the Belcher family from?

You can see how Belcher families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Belcher family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Belcher families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 110 Belcher families living in Massachusetts. This was about 29% of all the recorded Belcher's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Belcher families in 1840.
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What did your Belcher ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Belcher. 19% of Belcher men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Belcher women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Belcher were Salesman 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
  • Miner
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Teacher
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What is the average Belcher lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Belcher life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Belcher in 1941 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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