Salter Family History

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Salter Name Meaning

English: occupational name for an extractor or seller of salt (a precious commodity in medieval times), from Middle English salt ‘salt’ + the agent suffix -er. English: occupational name for a player on the psaltery, a string instrument, Middle English, Old French saltere ‘psaltery’. (The Middle English word is derived from Latin psalterium, Greek psalterion, from psallein ‘to sound’). North German form of Salzer.

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

Similar surnames: Malter, Halter, Salzer, Sauter, Cater, Kalter, Salber, Saller, Easter

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Salter Family Origin

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Salter Family Occupations

What did your Salter ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Salter. 8% of Salter men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Salter women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Salter were Gardener and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Salter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 213,000 census records available for the last name Salter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Salter 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Salter. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Salter. For the veterans among your Salter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Salter Life Expectancy

What is the average Salter lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Salter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Salter in 1943 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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