Cater Family History

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Cater Name Meaning

English: occupational name for the buyer of provisions for a large household, from a reduced form of Anglo-Norman French acatour (Late Latin acceptator, an agent derivative of acceptare ‘to accept’). Modern English caterer results from the addition of a second agent suffix to the word. Slovenian (Cater): status name for a person who read out the Slovenian ceremonial text at the installation of the Carantanian rulers and, later, Carinthian dukes, derived from the dialect verb catiti ‘to read’. Carantania was the early medieval Slovenian state on the territory of present-day Carinthia and Styria, now divided between Austria and Slovenia. The people’s installation of the Carantanian rulers was an exceptional example of democratic elections in medieval Europe. Thomas Jefferson knew about it and was influenced by it in his thinking about American Independence. Perhaps also an Americanized spelling of German Köter (see Koetter).

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

Similar surnames: Carter, Canter, Kater, Rater, Cager, Water, Hayer, Cates, Baker

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Cater Ethnicity Estimate

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Cater Family Origin

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Cater Family Occupations

What did your Cater ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Cater family was Hotelier. Cart Painter, Carriage Painter and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cater. The most common Cater occupation in Canada was Cart Painter. 33% of Cater's were Cart Painters.

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  • Cart Painter

  • Carriage Painter

  • Farmer

  • Hotelier


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Cater Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 61,000 census records available for the last name Cater. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cater 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Cater. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Cater. For the veterans among your Cater ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cater Life Expectancy

What is the average Cater lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cater life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Cater in 1944 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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