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Abernathy Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Abernethy in southeastern Perthshire. The place name is of Pictish origin, meaning ‘mouth of the river Nethy’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Barnaby, Abernethy, Abernathey, Keinath, Beath, Bernardy, Bernat

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Where is the Abernathy family from?

You can see how Abernathy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Abernathy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Abernathy families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 60 Abernathy families living in North Carolina. This was about 28% of all the recorded Abernathy's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Abernathy families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Abernathy surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Abernathy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Abernathy. 21% of Abernathy men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Abernathy women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Abernathy were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 57,000 census records available for the last name Abernathy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Abernathy census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Abernathy. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Abernathy. For the veterans among your Abernathy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Abernathy lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Abernathy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Abernathy in 1945 was 27, and 73 in 2004.

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