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Retzer Family History

Retzer Name Meaning

habitational name for someone from Retz in Austria (see Retz). nickname for a tease, from an agent derivative of Middle High German ratzen ‘to scratch’. from a Slavic personal name based on the element rat ‘glad’ as in Radoslav.

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


Similar surnames: Kretzer, Fetzer, Netzer, Setzer, Metzer, Rater, Retter, Pretzer

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Where is the Retzer family from?

You can see how Retzer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Retzer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Retzer families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Retzer families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Retzer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Retzer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Retzer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Retzer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Retzer. 20% of Retzer men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Retzer women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Retzer were Clerk 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

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    20%
  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Clerk
    15%
  • Secretary
    15%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Retzer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Retzer 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 560 immigration records available for the last name Retzer. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Retzer. For the veterans among your Retzer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Retzer lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Retzer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1980, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Retzer in 1962 was 71, and 83 in 2004.

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