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Halter Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow or pastureland, from Middle High German halte ‘pasture’ + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant. South German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German haltære ‘keeper’, ‘shepherd’, German Halter. English: occupational name for a maker of halters for horses and cattle, Middle English haltrere (from Old English hælftre ‘halter’). Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a halter-maker, from Middle Dutch halfter, haelter, halter ‘halter’.

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


Similar surnames: Malter, Salter, Haller, Hammer, Holter, Hauter, Balter, Hayer, Hayter

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Where is the Halter family from?

You can see how Halter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Halter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Halter families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Halter families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Halter's in USA. New York had the highest population of Halter families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Halter surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Halter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Halter. 19% of Halter men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Halter women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Halter were Truck Driver 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

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Halter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Halter 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Halter. 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 Halter. For the veterans among your Halter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Halter lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Halter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Halter in 1944 was 32, and 78 in 2004.

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