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Setter Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a stone- or bricklayer from Middle English setter(e) ‘workman who lays stones bricks or tiles in building’ (an agent derivative of setten ‘to set’). English: occupational name from an agent derivative of Middle English setten ‘to place (decoration on a garment or metal surface)’ which in at least some cases denoted an embroiderer. In medieval London and probably in other major ecclesiastical centers setter(e) denoted a maker of opus anglicanum a kind of luxurious embroidery in which precious stones and silver and gold threads were ‘set’ or sewn onto ceremonial clothing. Scottish: perhaps a variant of Seatter a habitational name probably from Seatter in Stromness (Orkney) but perhaps also from any of various other Orcadian places called Seatter or Setter. These names are from Old Norse setr ‘seat residence farm dwelling’ or sætr ‘mountain pasture’. German: unexplained. Norwegian: variant of Sether .

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

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 USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Setter family living in Indiana. This was about 50% of all the recorded Setter's in USA. Indiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Setter families in 1840.
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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 USA 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 Domestic. .

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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
  • Labor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Cook
  • Manager
  • Domestic
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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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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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