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Fetter Name Meaning

German: variant of Vetter . Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a fat man from German fett Yiddish fet ‘fat’.

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


Similar surnames: Vetter, Fester, Netter, Futter, Fetzer, Ketter, Detter, Getter

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Where is the Fetter family from?

You can see how Fetter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fetter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fetter families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 50 Fetter families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 74% of all the recorded Fetter's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Fetter families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Fetter surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Fetter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fetter. 17% of Fetter men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Fetter women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fetter were Machinist and Teacher. .

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Machinist
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Fetter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fetter 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Fetter. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Fetter. For the veterans among your Fetter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fetter lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Fetter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Fetter in 1944 was 30, and 77 in 2004.

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