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Holder Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who lived by an elder tree, Middle High German holder, or from a house named for its sign of an elder tree. In same areas, for example Alsace, the elder tree was believed to be the protector of a house. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Holder ‘elder tree’. English (chiefly western counties): occupational name for a tender of animals, from an agent derivative of Middle English hold(en) ‘to guard or keep’ (Old English h(e)aldan). It is possible that this word was also used in the wider sense of a holder of land within the feudal system. Compare Helder.

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


Similar surnames: Helder, Holmer, Holler, Halder, Molder, Golder, Dolder, Hodder

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Where is the Holder family from?

You can see how Holder families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Holder family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Holder families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 50 Holder families living in North Carolina. This was about 19% of all the recorded Holder's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Holder families in 1840.
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What did your Holder ancestors do for a living?

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

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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
    19%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Farming
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Seamstress
    5%
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Census Records

There are 182,000 census records available for the last name Holder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Holder 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Holder. 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 32,000 military records available for the last name Holder. For the veterans among your Holder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Holder lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Holder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Holder in 1943 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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