Grinder Family History

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Grinder Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a grinder of grain, i.e. a miller, Middle English, Old English grindere, an agent noun from Old English grindan ‘to grind’. Less often it may have referred to someone who ground blades to keep their sharpness or who ground pigments, spices, and medicinal herbs to powder.

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

Similar surnames: Gander, Grinter, Ginger, Grinde, Grindel, Rinker, Rinder, Tinder

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Grinder Family Origin

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Grinder Family Occupations

What did your Grinder ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Grinder occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Grinder's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Grinder family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Grinder.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Grinder ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Grinder Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Grinder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grinder census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 374 immigration records available for the last name Grinder. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Grinder. For the veterans among your Grinder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Grinder Life Expectancy

What is the average Grinder lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Grinder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Grinder in 1961 was 58, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Grinder

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Grinder ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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