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Pontier Family History

Pontier Name Meaning

French and Dutch: occupational name for a toll keeper on a bridge, from an agent derivative of pont ‘bridge’.

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


Similar surnames: Pinter, Portier, Pointer, Potter, Sonnier, Pothier, Pannier, Portner

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Where is the Pontier family from?

You can see how Pontier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pontier family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Pontier families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Pontier families living in Louisiana. This was about 67% of all the recorded Pontier's in the USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Pontier families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pontier surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pontier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pontier. 56% of Pontier men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Pontier women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pontier were Plumber and Secretary.

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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
    56%
  • Salesman
    23%
  • Carpenter
    12%
  • Plumber
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    25%
  • Clerk
    25%
  • Cashier
    25%
  • Secretary
    25%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Pontier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pontier 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 253 immigration records available for the last name Pontier. 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 212 military records available for the last name Pontier. For the veterans among your Pontier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pontier lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Pontier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1983, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Pontier in 1963 was 83, and 81 in 2004.

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