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Roder Name Meaning

Dutch and North German (also Röder): occupational name for someone whose job was to clear woodland for cultivation, from an agent derivative of Middle Dutch roden ‘to grub up’, ‘to clear (undergrowth or woodland)’. German: habitational name from a place called Rod or Rode (see Rod). German (also Röder): from the old personal name Rodher (a compound of the Germanic elements hrod ‘renown’ + hari ‘army’).German: occupational name in the Rhineland for someone who used a rod to gauge wine casks.

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


Similar surnames: Rode, Reder, Rader, Roser, Roker, Romer, Loder, Roper, Ruder, Royer

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Where is the Roder family from?

You can see how Roder families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roder family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roder families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 7 Roder families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 41% of all the recorded Roder's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Roder families in 1840.
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What did your Roder ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Roder. 24% of Roder men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Roder women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roder were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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
    24%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    14%
  • Maid
    11%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Roder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roder 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 Roder. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Roder. For the veterans among your Roder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Roder lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Roder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Roder in 1954 was 58, and 77 in 2004.

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