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Kater Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: nickname from Middle Dutch cater, kater ‘tomcat’. Dutch: occupational name from Middle Dutch cater ‘provisioner’. North German: status name for a cottager, from an agent derivative of Middle Low German kate ‘small house’, ‘hut’.

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


Similar surnames: Vater, Cater, Kuter, Rater, Kafer, Kaser, Kamer, Kalter, Water

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Where is the Kater family from?

You can see how Kater families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kater family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kater families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Kater families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Kater's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Kater families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kater surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kater ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kater. 22% of Kater men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Kater women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kater were Salesman 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
    22%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Carpenter
    8%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    22%
  • Clerk
    17%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Teacher
    10%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Kater. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kater 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kater. 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 852 military records available for the last name Kater. For the veterans among your Kater ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kater lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Kater life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Kater in 1956 was 51, and 66 in 2004.

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