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Fetzer Name Meaning

occupational name for a ragman, from an agent derivative of Middle High German vetze ‘scrap’, ‘rag’ or vetzen ‘to tear or shred’. topographic name for someone who lived in a marshy area, from Swabian Fätsche ‘marsh’. altered spelling of Pfetzer, a nickname from Middle High German phetzen ‘to pinch’.

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

Similar surnames: Setzer, Fetner, Netzer, Retzer, Fitzer, Metzer, Hetzer, Herzer

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Where is the Fetzer family from?

You can see how Fetzer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fetzer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Fetzer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 13 Fetzer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 59% of all the recorded Fetzer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Fetzer families in 1840.
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What did your Fetzer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fetzer. 20% of Fetzer men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Fetzer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fetzer were Clerk 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Fetzer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fetzer 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 Fetzer. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Fetzer. For the veterans among your Fetzer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fetzer lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Fetzer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Fetzer in 1955 was 48, and 74 in 2004.

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