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Erler Family History

Erler Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who lived among alder trees, from Middle High German erle ‘alder’ + -er, suffix denoting an inhabitant.

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


Similar surnames: Erle, Exler, Eller, Esler, Erker, Erber, Euler, Eder, Hegler, Hemler

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Where is the Erler family from?

You can see how Erler families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Erler family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Erler families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 28 Erler families living in Illinois. This was about 22% of all the recorded Erler's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Erler families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Erler surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Erler ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Erler. 18% of Erler men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Erler women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Erler were Farm Laborer and Housekeeper.

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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
    18%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    18%
  • Waitress
    15%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Erler. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Erler 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Erler. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Erler. For the veterans among your Erler ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Erler lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Erler life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Erler in 1947 was 72, and 70 in 2004.

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