Alter Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): distinguishing epithet for the older of two bearers of the same personal name. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Alter, an inflected form of alt ‘old’. This was in part an omen name, expressing the parents’ hope that the child would live a long life; in part an apotropaic name, given to a child born after the death of a sibling, but also said to have sometimes been assumed by someone who was seriously ill. The purpose is supposed to have been to confuse the Angel of Death into thinking that the person was old and so not worth claiming as a victim.

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List of People with Surname Alter

Based on our public records, there are a total of 2,910 people with the surname Alter. Among these people surnamed Alter, there are approximately 354 distinct names, with an average of 8 people who share the same name. Robert Alter, Michael Alter and James Alter are the top three most widely-used names from the list of people surnamed Alter, with 66, 53 and 52 people respectively.

In addition, Our data shows that Florida has the most people surnamed Alter, with a total of 344 people, and there are a total of 187 distinct names among these people. California is the second-most populous state for people with the surname Alter, with a total of 330 people and an average of 183 distinct names.