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Calder Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from any of the places called Calder in Midlothian and Caithness or Cawdor in Nairnshire. English: perhaps a habitational name from Calder in Cumbria named from the river on which it stands (probably a British name from Welsh caled ‘hard violent’ + dwfr ‘water stream’). However the modern surname in England seems to be of Scottish origin rather than from the Cumbrian placename.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Carden, Mander, Walder, Calver, Colmer, Alder, Caleb, Valder, Carder

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Where is the Calder family from?

You can see how Calder families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Calder family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Calder families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1840 there were 13 Calder families living in New York. This was about 18% of all the recorded Calder's in USA. New York had the highest population of Calder families in 1840.
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What did your Calder ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Calder. 17% of Calder men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Calder women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Calder were Clerk and Farm Laborer. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Farm Laborer
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Passenger Lists

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Calder. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Calder. For the veterans among your Calder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Calder lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Calder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Calder in 1948 was 61, and 74 in 2004.

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