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Agnew Family History

Agnew Name Meaning

Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Agneaux in Manche, France. Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gnímh ‘descendant of Gníomh’, a byname meaning ‘action’ or ‘activity’. The Ó Gnímhs were hereditary poets to a branch of the O’Neills; in this family the traditional pronunciation is with the stress on the second syllable.

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


Similar surnames: Cagney, Arne, Ager, Agnes, Mcnew, Magner, Abner, Renew, Arney, Annen

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Where is the Agnew family from?

You can see how Agnew families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Agnew family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Agnew families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 44 Agnew families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 37% of all the recorded Agnew's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Agnew families in 1840.
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What did your Agnew ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Agnew. 15% of Agnew men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Agnew women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Agnew were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Agnew. 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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There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Agnew. For the veterans among your Agnew ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Agnew lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Agnew life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Agnew in 1941 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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