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Ketter Family History

Ketter Name Meaning

German: metronymic from a pet form of the female personal name Katharina. German: nickname from Low German Ketter ‘heretic’ (standard German Ketzer). German: Austrian variant of the topographic name Köther, from Middle High German kote ‘hut’, ‘cottage of a day laborer’ (see Koth). German: possibly a derivative of Middle High German keten(e) ‘chain’ (see Ketterer). Dutch: nickname from Middle Dutch catter ‘heretic’. Compare 2 above.

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


Similar surnames: Kettner, Etter, Koetter, Wetter, Petter, Kletter, Vetter, Netter

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Where is the Ketter family from?

You can see how Ketter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ketter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ketter families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Ketter families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 70% of all the recorded Ketter's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ketter families in 1840.
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What did your Ketter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ketter. 23% of Ketter men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Ketter women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ketter 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

  • Laborer
    23%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Labor
    6%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    14%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Teacher
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ketter. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Ketter. For the veterans among your Ketter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ketter lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Ketter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Ketter in 1952 was 31, and 66 in 2004.

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