Colter Family History

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Colter Name Meaning

English: occupational name for someone who looked after asses and horses, from an agent derivative of Colt. Compare Coulthard. Variant spelling of German Kolter.

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

Similar surnames: Bolter, Kolter, Coster, Cotter, Molter, Colmer, Comer, Holter, Coller

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Colter Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Colter name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Colter Family Origin

Where is the Colter family from?

Colter Family Occupations

What did your Colter ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Colter occupation in the UK was Gen Lab. 10% of Colter's were Gen Labs. Gen Lab, Tailor and Book Keeper Accountant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Colter. A less common occupation for the Colter family was Cooper.

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  • Gen Lab

  • Tailor

  • Book Keeper Accountant

  • Cooper


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

Colter Historical Records

What Colter family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Colter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Colter 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Colter. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Colter. For the veterans among your Colter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Colter Life Expectancy

What is the average Colter lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Colter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Colter in 1950 was 34, and 70 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Colter

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Colter 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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