Meltzer Family History

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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 malt ‘malt’, ‘germinated barley’), Yiddish meltser ‘maltster’. This surname is also established in Poland.

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

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

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Meltzer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Meltzer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Meltzer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


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Meltzer Family Origin

Where is the Meltzer family from?

Meltzer Family Occupations

What did your Meltzer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Meltzer family was Brewer. Farmer, Barber and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Meltzer. The most common Meltzer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Meltzer's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Barber

  • Blacksmith

  • Brewer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Meltzer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Meltzer Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Meltzer Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Meltzer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Meltzer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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