Decker Family History

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Decker Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a roofer (thatcher, tiler, slater, or shingler) or a carpenter or builder, from an agent derivative of Middle High German decke ‘covering’, a word which was normally used to refer to roofs, but sometimes also to other sorts of covering; modern German Decke still has the twin senses ‘ceiling’ and ‘blanket’. Dutch: variant of Dekker, cognate with 1. English: variant of Dicker.

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

Similar surnames: Dicker, Dekker, Ducker, Ecker, Necker, Wecker, Denker, Recker, Becker

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Decker Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Decker name?

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


  • Norway


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Decker Family Origin

Where is the Decker family from?

Decker Family Occupations

What did your Decker ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Fisherman and S were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Decker. The most common Decker occupation in Canada was Farmer. 27% of Decker's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Decker family was Student.

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  • Farmer

  • Fisherman

  • S

  • Student


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

Decker Historical Records

What Decker family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 278,000 census records available for the last name Decker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Decker 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 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Decker. 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 61,000 military records available for the last name Decker. For the veterans among your Decker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Decker Life Expectancy

What is the average Decker lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Decker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Decker in 1941 was 54, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Decker

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Decker 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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