Painter Family History

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Painter Name Meaning

English: from Middle English, Old French peinto(u)r, oblique case of peintre ‘painter’, hence an occupational name for a painter (normally of colored glass). In the Middle Ages the walls of both great and minor churches were covered with painted decorations, and Reaney and Wilson note that in 1308 Hugh le Peyntour and Peter the Pavier were employed ‘making and painting the pavement’ at St. Stephen’s Chapel, Westminster. The name is widespread in central and southern England. German: topographic name for someone living in a fenced enclosure (see Bainter).

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

Similar surnames: Panter, Pointer, Pinter, Pinner, Winter, Tainter, Ganter, Paine

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Painter Ethnicity Estimate

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Painter Family Origin

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Painter Family Occupations

What did your Painter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Painter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Painter's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Painter. A less common occupation for the Painter family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Painter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 275,000 census records available for the last name Painter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Painter 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Painter. 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 27,000 military records available for the last name Painter. For the veterans among your Painter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Painter Life Expectancy

What is the average Painter lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Painter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Painter in 1943 was 47, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Painter 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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