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Walder Name Meaning

English (Sussex): from Middle English walder welder wolder ‘dweller in the wooded region or upland’. Compare Waldman This type of formation where the suffix -er is added to a topographic term is mainly found in southern England especially in Sussex Surrey and Kent. English (Sussex): from the Middle English personal name Walder (Old English Wealdhere from weald ‘power rule’ + here ‘army’) the English counterpart of the Norman French name which gives rise to the much more frequent Walter . German: habitational name for someone 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 2nd edition, 2022

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 United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Walder families living in Ohio. This was about 26% of all the recorded Walder's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Walder families in 1840.
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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 USA 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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Saleslady
  • Bookkeeper
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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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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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