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Origins Available: German, Jewish

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.


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.

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Felder include Feld, Felde, Fellde, Felder, Fellder, Felden and others.


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.


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


Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Felder 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

Felder Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Carolina Felder, who landed in Quebec in 1850


  • 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



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


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