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Rotter Name Meaning

variant spelling of Rother. occupational name for the foreman or leader of a group or association of men, or a work gang, from an agent derivative of Middle High German rotte ‘team’, ‘gang’. occupational name for a harp player, Middle High German rottære. habitational name from any of the various places called Rott.

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


Similar surnames: Trotter, Zotter, Otter, Potter, Ritter, Notter, Rottier, Rother

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Where is the Rotter family from?

You can see how Rotter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rotter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rotter families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Rotter families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 75% of all the recorded Rotter's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Rotter families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rotter surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rotter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rotter. 14% of Rotter men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Rotter women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rotter were Proprietor and Bookkeeper.

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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
    14%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Proprietor
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
    11%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Saleslady
    9%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Rotter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rotter 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Rotter. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Rotter. For the veterans among your Rotter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rotter lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Rotter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Rotter in 1958 was 51, and 79 in 2004.

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