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Welser Name Meaning

German: habitational name for someone from Wels in Upper Austria.

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

Similar surnames: Belser, Walser, Felser, Weller, Balser, Genser, Welter, Leeser

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Where is the Welser family from?

You can see how Welser families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Welser family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Welser families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Welser families living in New Jersey. This was about 50% of all the recorded Welser's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Welser families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Welser surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Welser ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Welser. 20% of Welser men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Welser women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Welser were Painter and Stenographer.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver
  • Painter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Welser. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Welser 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 442 immigration records available for the last name Welser. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Welser. For the veterans among your Welser ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Welser lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Welser life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1983, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Welser in 1958 was 50, and 79 in 2004.

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