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Carden Name Meaning

from Anglo-Norman French cardon ‘thistle’ (a diminutive of carde, from Latin carduus), probably applied as a topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of land overgrown with thistles, as an occupational name for someone involved in the carding of wool, originally carried out with thistle and teasel heads, or as a nickname for a prickly and unapproachable person. habitational name from Carden in Cheshire, which is recorded in the mid 13th century in the form Kawrdin and in the early 14th century as Cawardyn; it is probably named with Old English carr ‘rock’ + wor{dh}ign ‘enclosure’.

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


Similar surnames: Cardon, Harden, Calder, Warden, Garden, Cardo, Marden, Camden, Carmen

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You can see how Carden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Carden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Carden families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Carden families living in Tennessee. This was about 29% of all the recorded Carden's in the USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Carden families in 1840.
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What did your Carden ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Carden. 21% of Carden men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Carden women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Carden were Carpenter and Housewife.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
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What is the average Carden lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Carden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Carden in 1940 was 38, and 76 in 2004.

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