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Smetzer Family History

Smetzer Name Meaning

Possibly an Americanized form of German Schmetzer, a nickname for a garrulous person, from an agent derivative of Middle High German smetzen ‘to chatter’.

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

Similar surnames: Setzer, Stetzer, Fetzer, Metzner, Kretzer, Seltzer, Retzer, Stelzer

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Where is the Smetzer family from?

You can see how Smetzer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Smetzer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Smetzer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Smetzer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 71% of all the recorded Smetzer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Smetzer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Smetzer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Smetzer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Smetzer. 27% of Smetzer men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Smetzer women worked as a Housewife. .

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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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Smetzer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Smetzer 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 86 immigration records available for the last name Smetzer. 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 276 military records available for the last name Smetzer. For the veterans among your Smetzer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Smetzer lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Smetzer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Smetzer in 1962 was 58, and 74 in 2004.

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