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Gelder Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): occupational name for a person responsible for looking after oxen and castrated horses, from Middle English geld ‘sterile’, ‘barren (animal)’ (Old Norse geldr) + herde ‘herdsman’, Old English hierde (see Heard). Dutch: habitational name from the Dutch province of Gelderland or from Geldern in northwestern Germany (see Geller 1).

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

Similar surnames: Geller, Helder, Golder, Kelder, Elder, Calder, Galler, Felder, Melder

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Where is the Gelder family from?

You can see how Gelder families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gelder family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gelder families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Gelder families living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Gelder's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Gelder families in 1840.
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What did your Gelder ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gelder. 15% of Gelder men worked as a Salesman and 16% of Gelder women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gelder were Clerk 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

  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Gelder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gelder 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Gelder. 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 Gelder. For the veterans among your Gelder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gelder lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Gelder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Gelder in 1963 was 69, and 58 in 2004.

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