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Cater Name Meaning

English: occupational name for the buyer of provisions for a large household, from a reduced form of Anglo-Norman French acatour (Late Latin acceptator, an agent derivative of acceptare ‘to accept’). Modern English caterer results from the addition of a second agent suffix to the word. Slovenian (Cater): status name for a person who read out the Slovenian ceremonial text at the installation of the Carantanian rulers and, later, Carinthian dukes, derived from the dialect verb catiti ‘to read’. Carantania was the early medieval Slovenian state on the territory of present-day Carinthia and Styria, now divided between Austria and Slovenia. The people’s installation of the Carantanian rulers was an exceptional example of democratic elections in medieval Europe. Thomas Jefferson knew about it and was influenced by it in his thinking about American Independence. Perhaps also an Americanized spelling of German Köter (see Koetter).

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

Similar surnames: Carter, Canter, Kater, Rater, Cager, Water, Hayer, Cates, Baker

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Where is the Cater family from?

You can see how Cater families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cater family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cater families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Cater families living in New Hampshire. This was about 15% of all the recorded Cater's in the USA. New Hampshire and 1 other state had the highest population of Cater families in 1840.
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What did your Cater ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cater. 21% of Cater men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Cater women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cater were Farming and Housewife.

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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
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Housework
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Cater. For the veterans among your Cater ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cater lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cater life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Cater in 1944 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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