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Meltzer Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a maltster a brewer who used malt from German Meltzer (an agent derivative of Middle High German malz ‘malt germinated barley’) Yiddish meltser ‘maltster’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Seltzer, Malter, Metzer, Netzer, Melzer, Belzer, Melber, Metzger

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Where is the Meltzer family from?

You can see how Meltzer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Meltzer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Meltzer families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Meltzer family living in Indiana. This was 100% of all the recorded Meltzer's in USA. Indiana had the highest population of Meltzer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Meltzer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Meltzer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Meltzer. 17% of Meltzer men worked as a Salesman and 17% of Meltzer women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Meltzer were Manager and Housewife. .

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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

  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Proprietor
  • Manager

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Saleslady
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Meltzer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Meltzer 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Meltzer. 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 Meltzer. For the veterans among your Meltzer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Meltzer lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Meltzer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Meltzer in 1950 was 27, and 79 in 2004.

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