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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?


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.


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.


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


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


  • Lester Yoder (b. 1892), American chemist and college professor
  • Walter "Walt" Yoder (1914-1978), American jazz bass musician, best known for his work with Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey, and Jimmy Dorsey
  • Alan Keith Yoder (b. 1940), American optometrist
  • Dale Yoder, American Professor of Economics
  • Lloyd Edward Yoder, American broadcasting executive
  • Kevin Wayne Yoder (b. 1976), American politician, United States Representative from Kansas's 3rd congressional district (2011)
  • Shelli Renee Yoder (b. 1968), American business manager, educator, politician and former model, Miss Indiana (1992), Member of the Monroe County, Indiana County Council from the 1st district (2013)
  • Brad Yoder, American songwriter/performer living in Pittsburgh
  • Bradley Howard "Brad" Yoder (b. 1971), American film actor and producer, known for producing Call of the Wildman (2011) and Extreme Couponing (2011)
  • Edwin Milton Yoder (b. 1934), American Pulitzer Prize winning journalist



  • 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. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  4. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  9. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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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.

This page was last modified on 16 March 2015 at 19:46.

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