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Potthast Name Meaning

North German (Lower Rhine-Westphalia): metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of potage, from Middle Low German potharst (from pot ‘pot’ + harst ‘roast’), a thick soup or stew made with beef and root vegetables. The word was in common use until around 1850, when it was replaced by Gulasch.

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


Similar surnames: Pott, Potthoff, Portmann, Prast, Holthaus, Potash, Witthoft, Poteet

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Potthast Family Origin

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Potthast Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Potthast occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Potthast's were Farmers. Farmer, Grocery Store and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Potthast. A less common occupation for the Potthast family was Tin Smith.

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  • Farmer

    25%
  • Grocery Store

    25%
  • Laborer

    25%
  • Tin Smith

    25%

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Potthast Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Potthast. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Potthast 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Potthast. 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 Potthast. For the veterans among your Potthast ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Potthast Life Expectancy

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Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Potthast life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Potthast in 1962 was 92, and 86 in 2004.

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