Potter Family History

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Potter Name Meaning

English, Dutch, and North German (Pötter): occupational name for a maker of drinking and storage vessels, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Low German pot. In the Middle Ages the term covered workers in metal as well as earthenware and clay.

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

Similar surnames: Porter, Petter, Otter, Rotter, Zotter, Cotter, Pott, Kolter, Matter

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Potter Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Potter name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Potter. 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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Potter Family Origin

Where is the Potter family from?

Potter Family Occupations

What did your Potter ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Potter Historical Records

What Potter family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 759,000 census records available for the last name Potter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Potter 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 146,000 immigration records available for the last name Potter. 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 112,000 military records available for the last name Potter. For the veterans among your Potter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Potter Life Expectancy

What is the average Potter lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Potter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Potter in 1941 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Potter

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Potter 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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