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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Elder name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Elder. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Elder Family Origin

Where is the Elder family from?

Elder Family Occupations

What did your Elder ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Elder occupation in the UK was Farmer. 3% of Elder's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Elder family was Annuitant. Farmer, Labourer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Elder.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Annuitant


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Elder ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Elder Historical Records

What Elder family records will you find?

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 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 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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Elder 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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