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Lotter Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German lotter ‘rascal juggler’; either a nickname for a good-for-nothing or possibly an occupational name for a minstrel or entertainer.

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

Similar surnames: Otter, Zotter, Rotter, Notter, Potter, Motter, Clutter, Latter

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Where is the Lotter family from?

You can see how Lotter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lotter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lotter families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 17 Lotter families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 39% of all the recorded Lotter's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Lotter families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lotter surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lotter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lotter. 19% of Lotter men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Lotter women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lotter were Carpenter and Teacher. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Proprietor
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Saleslady
  • Waitress
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Lotter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lotter 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Lotter. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Lotter. For the veterans among your Lotter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lotter lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Lotter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Lotter in 1960 was 49, and 76 in 2004.

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