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Grater Surname Meaning

English (Devon of Norman origin): from Middle English gratour grater ‘grater’ (Old French grateor gratour gratier) either ‘person who grates’ (perhaps a furbisher) or ‘implement for grating bread spices etc.’ hence an occupational name for a furbisher or a metonymic occupational name for a maker of grating implements. German (Gräter): see Graeter .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Grayer, Graver, Graner, Frater, Prater, Graber, Bater, Graeter

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Where is the Grater family from?

You can see how Grater families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grater family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grater families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there was 1 Grater family living in Manitoba. This was about 50% of all the recorded Grater's in Canada. Manitoba and 1 other province had the highest population of Grater families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Grater surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Grater ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Grater. 24% of Grater men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Grater women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grater were Clerk and Maid. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    24%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Housekeeper
    16%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Maid
    12%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Grater. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grater 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 750 immigration records available for the last name Grater. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Grater. For the veterans among your Grater ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grater lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Grater life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Grater in 1962 was 77, and 84 in 2004.

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