History of your Surname
Get access to Eden family records.Start a 14-Day Free Trial

Eden Family History

Eden Surname Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Edun Old English Ēadhūn composed of the elements ēad ‘prosperity wealth’ + hūn ‘bear-cub’. English: habitational name from Castle Eden or Eden Burn in County Durham both of which derive from a British river name meaning ‘water’ recorded by the Greek geographer Ptolemy in the 2nd century in the form Ituna. East Frisian North German and Dutch (Groningen): genitivized patronymic from the personal name Ede or Edo. German: habitational name from any of several places mainly in Bavaria and Austria so named from Middle High German œde ‘wasteland’ + the dative suffix -n. Dutch: variant without the preposition van ‘from’ of Van Eden .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Edel, Iden, Eder, Oden, Aden, Elden, Osen, Eiben, Ellen, Eben

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Eden family from?

You can see how Eden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Eden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Eden families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 134 Eden families living in Ontario. This was about 47% of all the recorded Eden's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Eden families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Eden surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Eden ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Eden. 42% of Eden men worked as a Farmer and 38% of Eden women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Eden were Painter and Income. .

View Census Data for Eden | Data not to scale

*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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Painter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Income
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Eden family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 91,000 census records available for the last name Eden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Eden census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Canadian census records for Eden

Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Eden. 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.

View all Eden immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Eden. For the veterans among your Eden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Eden military records

You've only scratched the surface of Eden family history

Discover More

What is the average Eden lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Eden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Eden in 1944 was 21, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Eden

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Eden family tree

Explore Your Tree

Browse profiles of historical people with the Eden last name

Search for another surname
Enter last name/surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial