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Older Name Meaning

North German: status name for an older man or alderman, chairman of a corporation or a city or church council. See Old.

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

Similar surnames: Olden, Elder, Holder, Alder, Golder, Molder, Oder, Oller, Osmer

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Where is the Older family from?

You can see how Older families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Older family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Older families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Older families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded Older's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Older families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Older surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Older ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Older. 17% of Older men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Older women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Older were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • School Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Older. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Older 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 816 immigration records available for the last name Older. 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 Older. For the veterans among your Older ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Older lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Older life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Older in 1949 was 50, and 83 in 2004.

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