Karter Family History

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Karter Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a carder (someone who prepares wool for spinning), from Middle High German karter.

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

Similar surnames: Karber, Karrer, Kalter, Kater, Kaster, Karger, Harter, Kanter, Rater

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Karter Family Origin

Where is the Karter family from?

Karter Family Occupations

What did your Karter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Karter family was Butcher. The most common Karter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Karter's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeps House and Blacksmithing were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Karter.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeps House

  • Blacksmithing

  • Butcher


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

Karter Historical Records

What Karter family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Karter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Karter 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 391 immigration records available for the last name Karter. 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 282 military records available for the last name Karter. For the veterans among your Karter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Karter Life Expectancy

What is the average Karter lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Karter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Karter in 1963 was 77, and 90 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Karter

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Karter 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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