Fiedler last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Fiedler is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Fiedler.

Meaning of Fiedler

An occupational surname referring to a fiddle player or violinist.

Fiedler, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Fiedler surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Fiedler in America

Fiedler is the 4777th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Fiedler surname appeared 7,403 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Fiedler.

We can also compare 2010 data for Fiedler to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 4777 4559 4.67%
Count 7,403 7,144 3.56%
Proportion per 100k 2.51 2.65 -5.43%

The history of the last name Fiedler

The surname Fiedler originated in Germany and dates back to the Middle Ages. It is derived from the German word "fiedeln," which means "to play the fiddle or violin." The name likely referred to an occupation or a nickname given to someone who played the fiddle or violin for a living.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the name Fiedler can be found in the town records of Quedlinburg, Germany, from the 14th century. The name was also found in various German manuscripts and documents throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period.

In the 16th century, a notable individual named Hans Fiedler (1515-1587) was a renowned lute player and composer from Nuremberg, Germany. He was highly regarded for his contributions to the development of the lute repertoire during the Renaissance.

Another prominent figure with the surname Fiedler was Johann Fiedler (1768-1839), a German composer and organist who lived in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was known for his church music compositions and served as an organist in various churches in Germany.

Moving forward to the 19th century, Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979) was an American conductor of Polish-Russian descent who was best known for his long tenure as the conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He popularized classical music and introduced it to a wider audience through his concerts and recordings.

In the world of literature, Leslie Fiedler (1917-2003) was an influential American literary critic and scholar. He is renowned for his groundbreaking work on American literature and popular culture, particularly his exploration of the theme of male friendship in American novels.

Another individual worth mentioning is Arkady Fiedler (1894-1985), a Russian-born American violinist and conductor. He was a respected figure in the classical music scene and served as the music director of several orchestras, including the Boston Pops Orchestra.

The surname Fiedler has its roots in the German language and can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when it was likely associated with the occupation of playing the fiddle or violin. Throughout history, individuals bearing this surname have made significant contributions in various fields, including music, literature, and the arts.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Fiedler

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Fiedler.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Fiedler was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 94.93% 7,028
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.59% 44
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.58% 43
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.46% 34
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.30% 96
Hispanic Origin 2.13% 158

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Fiedler has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 94.93% 96.77% -1.92%
Black 0.59% 0.27% 74.42%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.58% 0.41% 34.34%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.46% 0.22% 70.59%
Two or More Races 1.30% 1.20% 8.00%
Hispanic 2.13% 1.13% 61.35%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Fiedler was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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