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Wander Name Meaning

German: occupational name for a builder one who built walls from an agent derivative of Middle High German want ‘wall’ (from Old High German wenten ‘to wind or weave’; the earliest domestic walls were of wattle and daub construction made from woven hurdles packed with clay). German: occupational name for a maker or seller of cloth from an agent derivative of a shortened form of Middle High German gewant ‘cloth garment’ (from Old High German giwant likewise a derivative of wenten ‘to weave’). Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Wanderer a nickname from Yiddish vandern ‘to wander or hike’.

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

Similar surnames: Mander, Wunder, Gander, Zander, Lander, Winder, Ander, Hader, Bader

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Where is the Wander family from?

You can see how Wander families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wander family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wander families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 8 Wander families living in New Brunswick. This was about 35% of all the recorded Wander's in Canada. New Brunswick and 1 other province had the highest population of Wander families in 1911.
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What did your Wander ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wander. 17% of Wander men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Wander women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wander were Clerk and Typist. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Typist
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Wander. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Wander. For the veterans among your Wander ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wander lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Wander life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wander in 1952 was 58, and 87 in 2004.

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