Alder Family History

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Alder Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone living by an alder tree (Middle English al(d)re), or by a group of alders (the surname is often found in the plural form in Middle English). English: from a Middle English personal name, representing a falling together of two Old English names, Ealdhere ‘ancient army’ and Æ{dh}elhere ‘noble army’. German: variant of Alter. Translation of Swedish Ahl. Translation of Finnish Leppanen.

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

Similar surnames: Alger, Alden, Ander, Almer, Alber, Alter, Walder, Elder, Alders, Lier

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Alder Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Alder name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Alder Family Origin

Where is the Alder family from?

Alder Family Occupations

What did your Alder ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Alder family was Laborer. The most common Alder occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Alder's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Alder.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Alder ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Alder Historical Records

What Alder family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 65,000 census records available for the last name Alder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alder 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Alder. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Alder. For the veterans among your Alder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Alder Life Expectancy

What is the average Alder lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Alder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Alder in 1950 was 40, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Alder 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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