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Fletcher Name Meaning

English: occupational name for an arrowsmith, Middle English, Old French flech(i)er (from Old French fleche ‘arrow’).

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

Similar surnames: Letcher, Flesher, Ketcher, Hatcher, Stitcher, Feather, Peacher

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Where is the Fletcher family from?

You can see how Fletcher families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fletcher family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fletcher families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 1,257 Fletcher families living in Ontario. This was about 53% of all the recorded Fletcher's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Fletcher families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Fletcher surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Fletcher ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Fletcher. 31% of Fletcher men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Fletcher women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fletcher were Clerk and Operator.

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

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Income
  • Operator
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Census Records

There are 966,000 census records available for the last name Fletcher. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fletcher census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 99,000 immigration records available for the last name Fletcher. 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 Cards

There are 114,000 military records available for the last name Fletcher. For the veterans among your Fletcher ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fletcher lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Fletcher life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Fletcher in 1940 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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