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Elter Family History

Elter Name Meaning

German: distinguishing nickname bestowed on the elder (Middle High German elter) of two bearers of the same personal name. In North America, this surname has frequently been assimilated to English and Scottish Elder.

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


Similar surnames: Elder, Elmer, Belter, Alter, Eller, Etter, Kelter, Ester, Emter

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Where is the Elter family from?

You can see how Elter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Elter families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Elter families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Elter's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Elter families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Elter surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Elter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Elter. 29% of Elter men worked as a Laborer and 37% of Elter women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elter were Salesman and Housework.

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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
    29%
  • Farmer
    25%
  • Rug Cleaner
    13%
  • Salesman
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    37%
  • New Worker
    28%
  • Housewife
    19%
  • Housework
    19%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Elter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elter 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 491 immigration records available for the last name Elter. 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 541 military records available for the last name Elter. For the veterans among your Elter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Elter lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Elter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Elter in 1952 was 48, and 61 in 2004.

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