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Walder Name Meaning

English: variant of Wald, with the addition of the habitational suffix -er. German: habitational name from any of several places called Wald, or a topographic name for someone who lived in a forest or wood, Middle High German walt.

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


Similar surnames: Waldner, Valder, Waller, Halder, Alder, Wander, Calder, Wald, Walser

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Where is the Walder family from?

You can see how Walder families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Walder family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Walder families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Walder families living in Ohio. This was about 26% of all the recorded Walder's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Walder families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Walder surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Walder ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Walder. 16% of Walder men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Walder women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Walder were Clerk and Bookkeeper.

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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
    16%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Saleslady
    8%
  • Bookkeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Walder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Walder 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 Walder. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Walder. For the veterans among your Walder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Walder lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Walder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Walder in 1945 was 31, and 82 in 2004.

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