Pointer Family History

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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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Pointer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pointer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Pointer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Pointer Family Origin

Where is the Pointer family from?

Pointer Family Occupations

What did your Pointer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Pointer family was Farmer. Cariage Maker, Com. Traveler and Farm Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pointer. The most common Pointer occupation in Canada was Cariage Maker. 10% of Pointer's were Cariage Makers.

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  • Cariage Maker

  • Com. Traveler

  • Farm Servant

  • Farmer


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Pointer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Pointer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pointer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 Card

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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Pointer Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pointer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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