Wachter Family History

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Wachter Name Meaning

German (also Wächter) and Dutch: occupational name for a watchman, from Middle High German wachtære, wehtære, Middle Dutch wacht(e)re, German Wachter ‘watchman’, ‘guard’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Wachter ‘watchman’, perhaps an occupational name by a synagogue beadle (Yiddish shames).

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

Similar surnames: Wachtel, Pachter, Achter, Lichter, Richter, Dichter, Bacher, Lachner

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Wachter Family Origin

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Wachter Family Occupations

What did your Wachter ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Domestic were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Wachter. 54% of Wachter men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Wachter women worked as a Domestic. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wachter were Gardener and Messenger

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Domestic
  • Farmer
  • Housekeeper
  • Messenger

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Wachter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Wachter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wachter 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Wachter. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Wachter. For the veterans among your Wachter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wachter Life Expectancy

What is the average Wachter lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Wachter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Wachter in 1943 was 33, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wachter

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wachter 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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