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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 Family Origin

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Potter Family Occupations

What did your Potter ancestors do for a living?

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  • Farmer

    37%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Carpenter

    3%

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

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Potter Historical Records

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Potter Life Expectancy

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