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Salter Name Meaning

English: occupational name for an extractor or seller of salt (a precious commodity in medieval times), from Middle English salt ‘salt’ + the agent suffix -er. English: occupational name for a player on the psaltery, a string instrument, Middle English, Old French saltere ‘psaltery’. (The Middle English word is derived from Latin psalterium, Greek psalterion, from psallein ‘to sound’). North German form of Salzer.

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


Similar surnames: Malter, Halter, Salzer, Sauter, Cater, Kalter, Salber, Saller, Easter

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Where is the Salter family from?

You can see how Salter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Salter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Salter families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 24 Salter families living in Alabama. This was about 16% of all the recorded Salter's in the USA. Alabama and 1 other state had the highest population of Salter families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Salter surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Salter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Salter. 19% of Salter men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Salter women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Salter were Farming and Teacher.

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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

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farming
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 213,000 census records available for the last name Salter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Salter 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Salter. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Salter. For the veterans among your Salter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Salter lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Salter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Salter in 1943 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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