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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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Where is the Petter family from?

You can see how Petter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Petter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Petter families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 8 Petter families living in Massachusetts. This was about 26% of all the recorded Petter's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Petter families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Petter surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Petter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Petter. 15% of Petter men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Petter women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Petter were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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
    15%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    11%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
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Census Records

There are 23,000 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 Lists

There are 5,000 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 Cards

There are 2,000 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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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.

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