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Luther Family History

Luther Name Meaning

German: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements liut ‘people’, ‘tribe’ + heri, hari ‘army’. English: nickname from Middle English luther(e), lither(e) ‘bad’, ‘wicked’, ‘base’ (from Old English l¯ðre).

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

Similar surnames: Luter, Hutter, Lather, Lutter, Lusher, Cutler, Usher, Muter, Suter

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Where is the Luther family from?

You can see how Luther families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Luther family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Luther families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 84 Luther families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Luther's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Luther families in 1840.
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What did your Luther ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Luther. 14% of Luther men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Luther women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Luther were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 82,000 census records available for the last name Luther. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Luther 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Luther. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Luther. For the veterans among your Luther ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Luther lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Luther life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Luther in 1943 was 51, and 75 in 2004.

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