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Petter Name Meaning

Dutch, German, and English: variant of Peter. German (southwest): from Middle High German pfetter ‘godfather’ or ‘uncle’ (from Late Latin patrinus, derivative of pater ‘father’). Dutch: occupational name for someone who pumped water, from an agent derivative of Middle Dutch putten, pitten, petten ‘to draw water’.

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


Similar surnames: Netter, Wetter, Ketter, Potter, Etter, Pester, Setter, Jetter, Vetter

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Petter Family Origin

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Petter Family Occupations

What did your Petter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Petter family was Carpenter. The most common Petter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 20% of Petter's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Butcher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Petter.

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  • Farmer

    20%
  • Laborer

    16%
  • Butcher

    5%
  • Carpenter

    5%

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

Petter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Petter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Petter 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Petter. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Petter. For the veterans among your Petter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Petter Life Expectancy

What is the average Petter lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Petter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Petter in 1961 was 57, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Petter

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Petter 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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