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Felter Name Meaning

habitational name for someone from any of several places named Felten or Velten. shortened form of any of various habitational names or topographic names formed with -feld ‘open country’ (see Feld), as for example Kleinfelder. variant of Falter.

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


Similar surnames: Felder, Felber, Belter, Feller, Ferner, Feltes, Felser, Felten

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Where is the Felter family from?

You can see how Felter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Felter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Felter families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 53 Felter families living in New York. This was about 69% of all the recorded Felter's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Felter families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Felter surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Felter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Felter. 21% of Felter men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Felter women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Felter were Salesman and Clerk.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Truck Driver
    7%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Bookkeeper
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Felter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Felter 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 958 immigration records available for the last name Felter. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Felter. For the veterans among your Felter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Felter lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Felter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Felter in 1948 was 53, and 79 in 2004.

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