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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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Where is the Alder family from?

You can see how Alder families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alder family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Alder families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 9 Alder families living in Virginia. This was about 24% of all the recorded Alder's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Alder families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Alder surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Alder ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Alder. 18% of Alder men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Alder women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Alder were Carpenter and Saleslady.

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    18%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Saleslady
    8%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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