Setter Family History

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Setter Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a stone- or bricklayer, from Middle English setter ‘one who lays stones or bricks in building’ (agent derivative of setten ‘to set’). English: occupational name from Old French saietier ‘silk weaver’ (an agent derivative of sayete, a kind of silk). English: from an agent derivative of Middle English setten ‘to place (decoration, on a garment or metal surface)’, probably an occupational name for an embroiderer. German: unexplained. Norwegian: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Netter, Setzer, Senter, Sutter, Petter, Better, Wetter, Jetter

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Setter Family Origin

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Setter Family Occupations

What did your Setter ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Setter family was Ag Carter. The most common Setter occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 8% of Setter's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farm Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Setter.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farm Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Ag Carter


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

Setter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Setter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Setter 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Setter. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Setter. For the veterans among your Setter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Setter Life Expectancy

What is the average Setter lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Setter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1963, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Setter in 1959 was 65, and 68 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Setter

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Setter 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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