Alder Family History

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Alder Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone living by an alder tree (Middle English al(d)re), or by a group of alders (the surname is often found in the plural form in Middle English). English: from a Middle English personal name, representing a falling together of two Old English names, Ealdhere ‘ancient army’ and Æ{dh}elhere ‘noble army’. German: variant of Alter. Translation of Swedish Ahl. Translation of Finnish Leppanen.

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

Similar surnames: Alger, Alden, Ander, Almer, Alber, Alter, Walder, Elder, Alders, Lier

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Alder Family Origin

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Alder Family Occupations

What did your Alder ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Alder. 8% of Alder men worked as a Builders Labourer and 69% of Alder women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Alder were Lorry Driver and Private Means

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Builders Labourer
  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Lorry Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means

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

Alder Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 65,000 census records available for the last name Alder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alder 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Alder. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Alder. For the veterans among your Alder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Alder Life Expectancy

What is the average Alder lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Alder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Alder in 1950 was 40, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Alder ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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