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Kelter Family History

Kelter Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German kelter, kalter ‘wine press’ (Latin calcatura), hence a topographic name or a metonymic occupational name for a vintner or the overseer of a wine press.

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


Similar surnames: Kalter, Kolter, Keller, Keltner, Ketter, Kelner, Kelder, Belter

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Where is the Kelter family from?

You can see how Kelter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kelter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kelter families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Kelter families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Kelter's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Kelter families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kelter surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kelter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kelter. 32% of Kelter men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Kelter women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kelter were Labor and Nurse.

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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
    32%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    14%
  • Labor
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Secretary
    13%
  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Teacher
    13%
  • Nurse
    13%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Kelter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kelter 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 600 immigration records available for the last name Kelter. 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 825 military records available for the last name Kelter. For the veterans among your Kelter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kelter lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Kelter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Kelter in 1947 was 72, and 85 in 2004.

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