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Letcher Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived beside a stream, from Old English læcc, læce (see Leach) + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant. English: unflattering nickname for a lecher, Middle English lech(o)ur (Old French leceor). Reaney comments: ‘The surname is rare, probably usually disguised as Leger’. German (Letscher): habitational name for someone from Letsch, near Bensberg, Rhineland, or various other places such as Letsche, Letschin, Letschow, etc. See also Letsch.

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


Similar surnames: Fletcher, Witcher, Ketcher, Hatcher, Luscher, Lescher, Keicher

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Where is the Letcher family from?

You can see how Letcher families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Letcher family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Letcher families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 13 Letcher families living in Kentucky. This was about 42% of all the recorded Letcher's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Letcher families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Letcher surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Letcher ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Letcher. 25% of Letcher men worked as a Laborer and 21% of Letcher women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Letcher were Salesman and Laundress.

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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
    25%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Truck Driver
    8%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    21%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Laundress
    8%
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Letcher. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Letcher 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Letcher. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Letcher. For the veterans among your Letcher ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Letcher lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Letcher life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Letcher in 1953 was 53, and 76 in 2004.

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