Vetter Family History

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Vetter Name Meaning

German: nickname from Middle High German veter(e) ‘uncle’, ‘nephew’. The word is from Old High German fetiro (a derivative of fater ‘father’), which was used more generally to denote various male relatives; the meaning of modern German Vetter is ‘cousin’.

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

Similar surnames: Ketter, Etter, Petter, Wetter, Getter, Fetter, Jetter, Netter, Reuter

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Vetter Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Vetter name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Vetter. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Vetter Family Origin

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Vetter Family Occupations

What did your Vetter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Vetter family was Blacksmith. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Vetter. The most common Vetter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 21% of Vetter's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Blacksmith


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Vetter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Vetter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vetter census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Vetter. 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 Card

There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Vetter. For the veterans among your Vetter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Vetter Life Expectancy

What is the average Vetter lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Vetter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Vetter in 1947 was 25, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Vetter ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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