Hunter Family History

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Hunter Name Meaning

Scottish, English, and northern Irish: variant of Hunt, a Middle English secondary derivative formed with the addition of the agent noun suffix -er.

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

Similar surnames: Hutter, Hunte, Hayter, Luter, Hunger, Muter, Hucker, Suter, Horter

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Hunter Family Origin

Where is the Hunter family from?

Hunter Family Occupations

What did your Hunter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Hunter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Hunter's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Hunter family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hunter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Hunter Historical Records

What Hunter family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Hunter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hunter 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 163,000 immigration records available for the last name Hunter. 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 194,000 military records available for the last name Hunter. For the veterans among your Hunter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hunter Life Expectancy

What is the average Hunter lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hunter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Hunter in 1940 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hunter

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hunter 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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