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The ELDER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 28,783 1118 0.011 107
United States (1880 census) 8,064 746 0.016 161
Change since 1880 +20719 -372 -0.005 -54
Other Countries
Australia 1,049 1573 0.006 64
United Kingdom 3,980 1570 0.009 87
Top States for ELDER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 2,175 1522 0.006 64
Texas 2,129 1197 0.010 102
Georgia 1,831 581 0.022 224
Florida 1,448 1438 0.009 91
Ohio 1,314 1014 0.012 116
Top States for ELDER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Kentucky 1,008 603 0.025 249
Georgia 1,831 581 0.022 224
Missouri 1,119 581 0.020 200
Kansas 526 493 0.020 196
Tennessee 1,071 816 0.019 188


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called ELDER live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called ELDER represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called ELDER in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a ELDER by picking someone at random in Kentucky than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of ELDER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Nickname

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the ELDER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the ELDER surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of ELDER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 426 1.48
White (Hispanic) 391 1.36
Native American/Alaskan 127 0.44
Asian/Pacific 109 0.38
White (Caucasian) 23,219 80.67
Black/African American 4,513 15.68

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the ELDER surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of ELDER in historical publications

ELD. ELDE. ELDER. I think these names must be taken literally as relating to the advanced age of tlie original bearer, (A-Sax. ealil) especially as we have the correlatives Young and Younger.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to ELDER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ELDER.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for ELDER

The following words are slight variants of ELDER that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.