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Rider Name Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English ridere ‘horseman’ perhaps with a specific application such as ‘forest ranger’ ‘horseman who guards crops’ or ‘mounted warrior knight’. Compare Knight . English: habitational name from Ryther near Selby (Yorkshire) probably from Old English ryther ‘clearing’. English: topographic name from Middle English ridere ‘dweller at a clearing’ (see Reeder ) or ‘dweller by a small stream’ depending on which sense of Middle English ride the surname is derived from. These topographic senses of Rider are limited to the southern counties of England (especially Surrey Sussex and Hampshire) where topographic names in -er and the Middle English words ride ‘clearing’ and rithe ‘small stream’ are mainly found. See also Reed . Irish: adopted for Ó Marcaigh since the etymon marcach means ‘horseman or rider’. The Gaelic name is also Anglicized as Markey . Americanized form of German Reiter .

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


Similar surnames: Ridler, Roder, Lier, Riser, Rader, Ryder, Reder, Reider, Ruder, Rimer

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Where is the Rider family from?

You can see how Rider families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rider family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rider families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 723 Rider families living in Yorkshire. This was about 27% of all the recorded Rider's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Rider families in 1891.
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What did your Rider ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, French Polisher and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Rider. 7% of Rider men worked as a French Polisher and 72% of Rider women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rider were General Labourer and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • French Polisher
    7%
  • Retired
    6%
  • Incapacitated
    5%
  • General Labourer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    72%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Rider. 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 Cards

There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Rider. For the veterans among your Rider ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rider lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Rider life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Rider in 1944 was 28, and 73 in 2004.

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