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Feather Name Meaning

English: from Middle English fether ‘feather’, applied as a metonymic occupational name for a trader in feathers and down, a maker of quilts, or possibly a maker of pens. Feathermongers are recorded from the 13th century onwards. In some cases the surname may have arisen from a nickname denoting a very light person or perhaps a person of no account. Americanized form of German Feder.

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


Similar surnames: Feathers, Leather, Flasher, Weathers, Flathers, Rather, Heather

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Where is the Feather family from?

You can see how Feather families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Feather family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Feather families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 20 Feather families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 61% of all the recorded Feather's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Feather families in 1840.
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What did your Feather ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Feather. 20% of Feather men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Feather women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Feather were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    13%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Housework
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Feather. For the veterans among your Feather ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Feather lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Feather life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Feather in 1946 was 53, and 76 in 2004.

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