Alter Family History

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Alter Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): distinguishing epithet for the older of two bearers of the same personal name. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Alter, an inflected form of alt ‘old’. This was in part an omen name, expressing the parents’ hope that the child would live a long life; in part an apotropaic name, given to a child born after the death of a sibling, but also said to have sometimes been assumed by someone who was seriously ill. The purpose is supposed to have been to confuse the Angel of Death into thinking that the person was old and so not worth claiming as a victim.

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

Similar surnames: Malter, Alder, Alger, Halter, Balter, Altes, Alber, Elter, Walter

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Alter Family Origin

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Alter Family Occupations

What did your Alter ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Commis were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Alter. 50% of Alter women worked as a Commis

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Commis
  • Metal Cass Maker

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

Alter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 37,000 census records available for the last name Alter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alter 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Alter. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Alter. For the veterans among your Alter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Alter Life Expectancy

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Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Alter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Alter in 1956 was 81, and 79 in 2004.

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