Bitter Family History

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Bitter Name Meaning

Dutch and German: from Dutch or German bitter ‘harsh’, ‘bitter’, hence a nickname for a sour, embittered, or severe person. German: from an agent derivative of Middle High German bitten ‘to bid’, hence a nickname or occupational name for a bidder, broker, the municipal alms collector, or a suitor. Compare Bitner. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from 2.

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

Similar surnames: Bitler, Gitter, Ritter, Butter, Bither, Witter, Bittel, Mitter

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Bitter Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bitter name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bitter. 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


  • Sweden


  • Norway


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Bitter Family Origin

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Bitter Family Occupations

What did your Bitter ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bitter family was Teacher Of Languages. The most common Bitter occupation in the UK was Bullion Merchant (Broker). 25% of Bitter's were Bullion Merchant (Broker)s. Bullion Merchant (Broker), Gold Refiner and Solicitor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bitter.

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  • Bullion Merchant (Broker)

  • Gold Refiner

  • Solicitor

  • Teacher Of Languages


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bitter ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bitter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Bitter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bitter 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Bitter. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Bitter. For the veterans among your Bitter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bitter Life Expectancy

What is the average Bitter lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Bitter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bitter in 1958 was 53, and 91 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bitter 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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