Calder Family History

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Calder Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from any of the various places called Calder, Caldor, or Cawdor. Calder in Thurso is recorded in the early 13th century in the form Kalfadal and was named with Old Norse kalfr ‘calf’ + dalr ‘valley’. The others are probably the same as in 2 below. English: habitational name from Calder in Cumbria, named from the river on which it stands. This is probably a British name, from Welsh caled ‘hard’, ‘violent’ + dwfr ‘water’, ‘stream’.

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

Similar surnames: Carden, Mander, Walder, Calver, Colmer, Alder, Caleb, Valder, Carder

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Calder Family Origin

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Calder Family Occupations

What did your Calder ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Calder. 25% of Calder men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Calder women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Calder were Carpenter and Stenographer

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Fisherman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • School Teacher
  • Stenographer

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

Calder Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 99,000 census records available for the last name Calder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Calder 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 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Calder. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Calder. For the veterans among your Calder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Calder Life Expectancy

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Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Calder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Calder in 1948 was 61, and 74 in 2004.

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