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Rider Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a mounted warrior or messenger, late Old English ridere (from ridan ‘to ride’), a term quickly displaced after the Conquest by the new sense of Knight. English: topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing in woodland. Compare Read 2. Irish: part translation of Gaelic Ó Marcaigh ‘descendant of Marcach’, a byname meaning ‘horseman’. The Gaelic name is also Anglicized as Markey. Americanized form of German Reiter.

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

Similar surnames: Ridler, Roder, Lier, Riser, Rader, Ryder, Reder, Reider, Ruder, Rimer

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Where is the Rider family from?

You can see how Rider families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rider family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rider families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 218 Rider families living in New York. This was about 31% of all the recorded Rider's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Rider families in 1840.
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What did your Rider ancestors do for a living?

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

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 160,000 census records available for the last name Rider. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rider 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Rider. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Rider. For the veterans among your Rider ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rider lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Rider life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Rider in 1944 was 28, and 73 in 2004.

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