Elter Family History

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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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Elter Family Origin

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Elter Family Occupations

What did your Elter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Elter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Elter's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Black Smith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Elter. A less common occupation for the Elter family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Black Smith

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Elter ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Elter Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Elter Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Elter

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Elter ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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