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Setzer Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a market inspector or possibly a tax official, Middle High German setzer, an agent derivative of Middle High German setzen ‘to set (prices)’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from German Setzer, Yiddish zetser ‘typesetter’, ‘compositor of typography’.

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

Similar surnames: Netzer, Seltzer, Fetzer, Setter, Sitzer, Semler, Smetzer, Retzer

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Where is the Setzer family from?

You can see how Setzer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Setzer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Setzer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 16 Setzer families living in North Carolina. This was about 62% of all the recorded Setzer's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Setzer families in 1840.
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What did your Setzer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Setzer. 16% of Setzer men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Setzer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Setzer were Salesman and Saleslady.

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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
  • Carpenter
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Seamstress
  • Housekeeper
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Setzer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Setzer 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Setzer. 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 Setzer. For the veterans among your Setzer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Setzer lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Setzer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Setzer in 1941 was 38, and 76 in 2004.

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