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Where did the German Yoder family come from? What is the German Yoder family crest and coat of arms? When did the Yoder family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Yoder family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Yoder, Joder, Jode, Jodder, Yodder, Joderli and others.

First found in Westphalia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families in the western region. From the 13th century onwards the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Yoder research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Yoder History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Yoder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Yoder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Barbara Yoder who settled in Philadelphia in 1742 with her two sons, Jacob and Christian
  • Jacob Yoder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Melchior Yoder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Yoder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Yoder, who landed in New York in 1835
  • Joseph Yoder who arrived in New York in 1835
  • John Yoder who arrived in Ohio in 1862
  • Marie Yoder who settled in New York in 1865

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  • Samuel S. Yoder (1841-1921), American Democrat politician, Member of Ohio Democratic State Executive Committee, 1883-85; U.S. Representative from Ohio 4th District, 1887-91
  • Richard Yoder, American politician, Mayor of West Chester, Pennsylvania, 2002-09
  • Oscar T. Yoder, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wyoming State Senate from Goshen County, 1964
  • LeRoy E. Yoder, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1944
  • Leo Yoder, American politician, Mayor of Sturgis, Michigan, 1955-56
  • Kevin Yoder (b. 1976), American Republican politician, Member of Kansas State House of Representatives, 2002-10; U.S. Representative from Kansas 3rd District, 2011-; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 2012
  • Jonathan Stoltzfus Yoder (1881-1959), American Republican politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives from Elkhart County, 1917-20
  • John C. Yoder (b. 1951), American Republican politician, District Judge in Kansas 9th District, 1976-80; Candidate for U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1990; Member of West Virginia State Senate 16th District, 1993-96
  • J. A. Yoder, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Dakota 2nd District, 1912
  • James A. Yoder, American Republican politician, Chair of Brown County Republican Party, 1905

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  • History of the Yoder Family in North Carolina by Fred Roy Yoder.
  • The Christian J. Yoder and Catherine Bacher Yoder Family Genealogy by Richard J. Yoder.
  • Descendants of Jacob Yothers, Bucks County, Pennsylvania by Richard J. Yothers.
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  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  7. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Yoder Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Yoder Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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