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Setter Family History

Setter Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a stone- or bricklayer, from Middle English setter ‘one who lays stones or bricks in building’ (agent derivative of setten ‘to set’). English: occupational name from Old French saietier ‘silk weaver’ (an agent derivative of sayete, a kind of silk). English: from an agent derivative of Middle English setten ‘to place (decoration, on a garment or metal surface)’, probably an occupational name for an embroiderer. German: unexplained. Norwegian: unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Netter, Setzer, Senter, Sutter, Petter, Better, Wetter, Jetter

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Where is the Setter family from?

You can see how Setter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Setter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Setter families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Setter family living in Indiana. This was about 50% of all the recorded Setter's in the USA. Indiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Setter families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Setter surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Setter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Setter. 27% of Setter men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Setter women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Setter were Labor and Bookeeper.

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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
    27%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Labor
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Cook
    15%
  • Domestic
    10%
  • Bookeeper
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Setter lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Setter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1963, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Setter in 1959 was 65, and 68 in 2004.

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