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Eder Name Meaning

South German: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of bare uncultivated land from Middle High German (o)ed(e) ‘wasteland’; or a habitational name for someone from any of numerous places called with this element (Ed Edt Oedt). This surname is also found in Czechia. German: in the Alemannic and Low German areas also a topographic name from Middle High German eter Middle Low German eder ‘(woven) fence enclosure around a farmstead settlement or field’. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine).

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


Similar surnames: Eber, Eden, Reder, Eger, Edel, Oder, Ader, Feder, Leder, Deger

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Where is the Eder family from?

You can see how Eder families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Eder family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Eder families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Eder families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 56% of all the recorded Eder's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Eder families in 1840.
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What did your Eder ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Eder. 15% of Eder men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Eder women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Eder were Clerk and Waitress. .

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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

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Waitress
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Eder. 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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There are 19,000 military records available for the last name Eder. For the veterans among your Eder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Eder lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Eder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Eder in 1941 was 26, and 77 in 2004.

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