Petters Family History

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Petters Name Meaning

North German: patronymic from the personal name Petter.

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

Similar surnames: Peters, Peeters, Pieters, Etters, Petter, Pettersen, Peers, Esters

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Petters Family Origin

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Petters Family Occupations

What did your Petters ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Petters family was Farm Laborer. The most common Petters occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Petters's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Petters.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Petters Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Petters. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Petters 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Petters. 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 Petters. For the veterans among your Petters ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Petters Life Expectancy

What is the average Petters lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Petters life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1990, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Petters in 1963 was 75, and 82 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Petters

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Petters 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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