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Rader Name Meaning

occupational name for a wheelwright, from an agent derivative of Middle High German rat ‘wheel’. (Räder): metonymic occupational name for a flour sifter or mill hand, from Middle High German reder ‘sieve’. occasionally an occupational name from Middle Low German rader ‘adviser’. from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements rad, rat ‘advice’, ‘counsel’ + heri ‘army’. Americanized spelling of German Röder (see Roeder).

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


Similar surnames: Reder, Rater, Roder, Raber, Mader, Ader, Radder, Rayer, Hader, Ramer

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Where is the Rader family from?

You can see how Rader families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rader family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rader families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 36 Rader families living in Virginia. This was about 24% of all the recorded Rader's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Rader families in 1840.
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What did your Rader ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rader. 18% of Rader men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Rader women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rader were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%
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Census Records

There are 61,000 census records available for the last name Rader. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rader 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 Rader. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Rader. For the veterans among your Rader ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rader lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Rader life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Rader in 1944 was 30, and 73 in 2004.

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