Fetzer Family History

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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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Fetzer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Fetzer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Fetzer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Fetzer Family Origin

Where is the Fetzer family from?

Fetzer Family Occupations

What did your Fetzer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Fetzer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Fetzer's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fetzer. A less common occupation for the Fetzer family was Blacksmith.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Blacksmith


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

Fetzer Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Fetzer Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Fetzer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Fetzer 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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