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The German surname Felder emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. Brandenburg-Prussia was essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.

Felder Early Origins



The surname Felder was first found in East and West Prussia, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.

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Felder Spelling Variations


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Felder Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Felder include Feld, Felde, Fellde, Felder, Fellder, Felden and others.

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Felder Early History


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Felder Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Felder research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1698, 1839, and 1869 are included under the topic Early Felder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Felder Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Felder Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Felder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North Ameri ca. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Felder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Albrecht Michael Felder arrived in Philadelphia in 1752

Felder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Arnold Felder arrived in Philadelphia in 1806
  • Arnold Felder, who arrived in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Carl Felder came to Texas in 1836
  • Gustav Felder came to Texas in 1850
  • Henry Felder, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Felder Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Carolina Felder, who landed in Quebec in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Felder (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Felder (post 1700)



  • Willie Felder, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1972
  • T. R. Felder, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1912
  • Simcha Felder, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for New York State Senate 21st District, 2008
  • Robert C. Felder (b. 1942), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Benin, 1998
  • Pat A. Felder, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2000
  • John Myers Felder (1782-1851), American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1812-16, 1822-24; Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1816-20, 1840-51
  • John Barsh Felder, American politician, Mayor of Americus, Georgia, 1876, 1879-92, 1901-02, 1908-10
  • Wilton Lewis Felder (1940-2015), American saxophone and bass player, best known as a founding member of The Jazz Crusaders, later known as The Crusaders
  • Richard Felder (b. 1939), American engineering educator, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University
  • Mike Felder (b. 1961), American Major League Baseball player
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Felder


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Suggested Readings for the name Felder



  • The David and Elizabeth Shuler Dantzler Family (also Felder) by David Herbert Dantzler.
  • The Felder Family of South Carolina.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    8. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Felder Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Felder 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 15 July 2016 at 13:08.

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