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The surname Yoder was 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.

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


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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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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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  • Richard "Dick" Yoder (1937-2016), American politician and academic, 57th Mayor of West Chester, Pennsylvania (2002-2010)
  • 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
  • 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. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  8. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  9. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
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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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