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Moder Name Meaning

German: variant of Mader ‘reaper’. This surname is also found in Poland (also in the senses 2 and 3 below) Czechia and Slovakia. North German: nickname from Middle Low German moder ‘mother’. North German: metonymic occupational name for a farmer or horse dealer from Middle Low German moder ‘mare’. South German: topographic name from Middle High German moder ‘wetland marsh’. Slovenian: nickname for a wise man from moder ‘wise prudent’. The surname may also be originating from the homonym moder ‘blue’ and thus denoting someone with a bluish complexion resulting from poor circulation. Swedish (Modér): ornamental name probably from mo ‘sandy heath’ + the suffix -(d)ér derived from Latin -(d)erius.

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


Similar surnames: Soder, Roder, Mader, Loder, Moden, Model, Moser, Molder, Mower, Reder

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Where is the Moder family from?

You can see how Moder families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Moder family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Moder families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 39 Moder families living in Missouri. This was about 34% of all the recorded Moder's in USA. Missouri had the highest population of Moder families in 1880.
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What did your Moder ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Moder. 24% of Moder men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Moder women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Moder were Shipping Clerk and Laborer. .

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Shipping Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Secretary
    20%
  • Housework
    20%
  • Clerk
    20%
  • Laborer
    14%
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Passenger Lists

There are 711 immigration records available for the last name Moder. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Moder. For the veterans among your Moder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Moder lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Moder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Moder in 1956 was 35, and 77 in 2004.

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