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Mader Name Meaning

English: variant of Madder an occupational name for a dyer or seller of dye from Middle English mader madour mather shortened forms of Middle English maderer maderour matherer ‘seller of madder’ or ‘dyer who used madder’. Mader or mather (Old English mædere Old Norse mathra) was the name for the plant Rubia tinctorum used medicinally and for making red dye. It was also a word for red dye made from other sources. Compare Mather . German and Swiss German (also Mäder) Dutch and French (Lorraine): occupational name for a reaper or mower Middle High German māder mæder Middle Dutch mader. Compare Moder . French: metonymic occupational name for a carpenter from Occitan madier ‘beam’.

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

Similar surnames: Maser, Rader, Mander, Mager, Moder, Ader, Hader, Mayer, Bader, Fader

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Where is the Mader family from?

You can see how Mader families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mader family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mader families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 166 Mader families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 69% of all the recorded Mader's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Mader families in 1911.
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What did your Mader ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Mader. 46% of Mader men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Mader women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mader were Carpenter and Student. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Merchant
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Teacher
  • Domestic
  • Income
  • Student
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There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Mader. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mader census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Mader. 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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There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Mader. For the veterans among your Mader ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mader lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Mader life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Mader in 1950 was 35, and 79 in 2004.

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