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Retter Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): perhaps an occupational name for a net-maker from Old French retier Anglo-Norman French retour. Compare Netter . English: perhaps an occupational name from Middle English retten ‘to soak flax or hemp in water’ + the derivational suffix -our or -er used for someone who prepared flax or hemp fibre. German: from an ancient Germanic personal name composed with rād rāt ‘counsel’ + hari heri ‘army’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Reeter, Setter, Rettler, Better, Retzer, Getter, Netter, Witter

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Where is the Retter family from?

You can see how Retter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Retter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Retter families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Retter families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Retter's in USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Retter families in 1840.
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What did your Retter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Retter. 15% of Retter men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Retter women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Retter were Clerk and Waitress. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Waitress
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Retter. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Retter. For the veterans among your Retter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Retter lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Retter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Retter in 1962 was 77, and 85 in 2004.

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