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Painter Name Meaning

English: from Middle English peintour painter peintir penter pointour (Old French peintour paintour) ‘painter of images (on walls screens shields etc.) colorist (of statues figurines chests etc.) artist’. In the Middle Ages the walls of both great and minor churches were covered with painted decorations and Reaney and Wilson note that in 1308 Hugh le Peyntour and Peter the Pavier were employed ‘making and painting the pavement’ at Saint Stephen's Chapel Westminster. The name is widespread in England. Americanized form of German Bender . Compare Bainter . Germanized or Americanized form of Slovenian Pajntar or Panjtar topographic names from the field name Pajnta or Na Pajnti which is derived from Middle High German biunt(e) ‘fenced agricultural land’ (compare German Paintner ) or perhaps from Bavarian Middle High German pant ‘band’ (compare Panter ). In some cases also an American shortened form (or a very rare German variant) of South German Paintner a cognate of 3 above.

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

Similar surnames: Panter, Pointer, Pinter, Pinner, Winter, Tainter, Ganter, Paine

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Where is the Painter family from?

You can see how Painter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Painter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Painter families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 88 Painter families living in Ontario. This was about 46% of all the recorded Painter's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Painter families in 1911.
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What did your Painter ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Painter. 49% of Painter men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Painter women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Painter were Driver and Instituteur. .

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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
  • Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Student
  • Instituteur
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There are 27,000 military records available for the last name Painter. For the veterans among your Painter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Painter lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Painter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Painter in 1943 was 47, and 76 in 2004.

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