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Detter Name Meaning

South German: habitational name from a place so named in Bavaria. North German: variant of Deter .

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


Similar surnames: Wetter, Netter, Deter, Kettner, Getter, Detmer, Deuter, Ketter, Etter

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Where is the Detter family from?

You can see how Detter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Detter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Detter families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Detter families living in North Carolina. This was about 40% of all the recorded Detter's in USA. North Carolina and 1 other state had the highest population of Detter families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Detter surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Detter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Detter. 18% of Detter men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Detter women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Detter were Machinist and Farm Helper. .

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Machinist
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    18%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Farm Helper
    11%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Detter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Detter 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 407 immigration records available for the last name Detter. 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 989 military records available for the last name Detter. For the veterans among your Detter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Detter lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Detter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Detter in 1954 was 55, and 73 in 2004.

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