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Pointer Name Meaning

English (Norfolk): occupational name from Middle English pointer ‘point maker’, an agent derivative of point, a term denoting a lace or cord used to fasten together doublet and hose (Old French pointe ‘point’, ‘sharp end’). Reaney suggests that in some cases Pointer may have been an occupational name for a tiler or slater whose job was to point the tiles, i.e. render them with mortar where they overlapped. Possibly an altered form of German Pointner, a variant of Bainter.

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


Similar surnames: Painter, Pinter, Porter, Pinner, Panter, Winter, Minter, Potter

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Where is the Pointer family from?

You can see how Pointer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pointer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pointer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 11 Pointer families living in Alberta. This was about 33% of all the recorded Pointer's in Canada. Alberta and 1 other province had the highest population of Pointer families in 1911.
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What did your Pointer ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Pointer. 34% of Pointer men worked as a Labourer.

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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

  • Labourer
    34%
  • Laborer
    23%
  • Clerk
    23%
  • Farmer
    23%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Pointer. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Pointer. For the veterans among your Pointer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pointer lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Pointer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Pointer in 1942 was 37, and 70 in 2004.

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