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Better Name Meaning

Translation of French Lemieux. English: nickname from Old English betere ‘fighter’, ‘beater’. Reaney suggests it may also be a short form of the various occupational names ending with -better, for example Leadbetter. German (Bavarian): metonymic occupational name for a maker of rosaries, from Bavarian better ‘rosary’ (from beten ‘to pray’).

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

Similar surnames: Butter, Setter, Netter, Bester, Wetter, Getter, Retter, Bitter

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In 1880, the most common Better occupation in the USA was Farmer. 46% of Better's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Better family was Glass Presser. Farmer, Blacksmith and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Better.

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  • Blacksmith

  • Farm Laborer

  • Glass Presser


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Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Better life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1994, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Better in 1961 was 56, and 94 in 2004.

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