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Colter Name Meaning

English (northern): occupational name for someone who looked after asses and horses from an agent derivative of Colt . Compare Coulthard . German: variant of Kolter and in North America (also) an altered form of this. This surname is very rare in Germany.

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

Similar surnames: Bolter, Kolter, Coster, Cotter, Molter, Colmer, Comer, Holter, Coller

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Where is the Colter family from?

You can see how Colter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Colter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Colter families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 16 Colter families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 25% of all the recorded Colter's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Colter families in 1840.
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What did your Colter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Colter. 26% of Colter men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Colter women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Colter were Farm Laborer and Cook. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Farm Laborer
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
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Census Records

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Colter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Colter 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Colter. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Colter. For the veterans among your Colter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Colter lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Colter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Colter in 1950 was 34, and 70 in 2004.

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