Elder Family History

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Elder Name Meaning

Scottish and English: distinguishing nickname bestowed on the elder (Old English ealdra) of two bearers of the same personal name. It may also denote an elder of a Church, in the sense of a senior and respected member of a congregation. Americanized form of German Elter, which has the same meaning as 1.

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


Similar surnames: Elter, Alder, Helder, Elmer, Ender, Older, Gelder, Eder, Melder

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Elder Family Origin

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Elder Family Occupations

What did your Elder ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Elder. 14% of Elder men worked as a Farmer and 5% of Elder women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elder were Clerk and Housekeeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    14%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Clerk
    2%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    5%
  • Housewife
    5%
  • Maid
    5%
  • Housekeeper
    4%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Elder Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 189,000 census records available for the last name Elder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elder census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Elder. 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 Card

There are 34,000 military records available for the last name Elder. For the veterans among your Elder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Elder Life Expectancy

What is the average Elder lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Elder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Elder in 1940 was 61, and 75 in 2004.

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