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Souter Name Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English souter(e) suter(e) ‘shoemaker cobbler’ (Old English sūtere from Latin sūtor an agent derivative of suere ‘to sew’). In early Modern English pronunciation of the name would regularly develop from /su:ter/ to /sautə(r)/ (rhyming with outer) or to /sutə(r)/ as in Sutter . In Scots however it remained unchanged with the spelling -ou- representing /u/. In parts of southern England it seems also to have remained as /u:/; see Suter (2). Americanized form of German Sauter a cognate of 1 above. Flemish (De Souter): occupational name for a producer or seller of salt from an agent derivative of Middle Dutch sout ‘salt’.

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


Similar surnames: Sauter, Suter, Potter, Kolter, Colter, Soper, Stutes, Sorter, Hoster

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Where is the Souter family from?

You can see how Souter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Souter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Souter families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 6 Souter families living in South Carolina. This was about 60% of all the recorded Souter's in USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Souter families in 1840.
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What did your Souter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Souter. 21% of Souter men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Souter women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Souter were Machinist and Nurse. .

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Machinist
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Nurse
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Souter. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Souter. For the veterans among your Souter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Souter lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Souter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Souter in 1945 was 49, and 71 in 2004.

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