Walter Family History

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Walter Name Meaning

German, Swedish, and English: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements wald ‘rule’ + heri, hari ‘army’. The personal name was introduced into England from France by the Normans in the form Walt(i)er, Waut(i)er.

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


Similar surnames: Walper, Alter, Waller, Malter, Walder, Salter, Balter, Witter, Halter

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Walter Family Origin

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Walter Family Occupations

What did your Walter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Walter. 12% of Walter men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Walter women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Walter were Clerk and Clerk

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    12%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    5%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
  • Clerk
    4%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Walter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 468,000 census records available for the last name Walter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Walter census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 103,000 immigration records available for the last name Walter. 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 Card

There are 94,000 military records available for the last name Walter. For the veterans among your Walter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Walter Life Expectancy

What is the average Walter lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Walter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Walter in 1941 was 41, and 78 in 2004.

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