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Garney Family History

Garney Name Meaning

English: unexplained; perhaps a variant of Garneys, itself a variant of Garniss (see Garness 2). Name of unknown etymology found among people of Indian origin in Guyana and Trinidad.

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


Similar surnames: Farney, Garner, Garnes, Gurney, Garley, Varney, Marney, Furney, Arney

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Where is the Garney family from?

You can see how Garney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Garney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Garney families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 10 Garney families living in New York. This was about 37% of all the recorded Garney's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Garney families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Garney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Garney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Garney. 21% of Garney men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Garney women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Garney were Truck Driver and Secretary.

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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

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    12%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Secretary
    6%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Garney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Garney 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 Garney. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Garney. For the veterans among your Garney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Garney lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Garney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Garney in 1958 was 57, and 82 in 2004.

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