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 Family Origin

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Elder Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    46%
  • Farmer Son

    3%
  • School

    3%
  • Blacksmith

    3%

In 1881, the most common Elder occupation in Canada was Farmer. 46% of Elder's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Elder family was Blacksmith. Farmer, Farmer Son and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Elder.

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Elder Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1940 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Elder

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