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Better Name Meaning

Americanized form (translation into English) of French Lemieux . English: variant of Bater . German (Bavaria): 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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Where is the Better family from?

You can see how Better families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Better family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Better families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Better family living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Better's in USA. New York and 2 other states had the highest population of Better families in 1840.
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What did your Better ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Better. 28% of Better men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Better women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Better were Machinist and Clerk. .

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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
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • New Worker
  • Secretary
  • Clerk
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There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Better. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Better 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Better. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Better. For the veterans among your Better ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Better lifespan?

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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