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Towner Family History

Towner Name Meaning

English (Sussex and Kent):: topographic name from Middle English toun(e) ton(e) ‘town village settlement’ (Old English tūn) + -er for someone who lived in a ‘town’. Compare Town . perhaps occasionally an occupational name for a toll taker or tax collector from tolenar an agent derivative of Middle English toll ‘tax payment’. Compare Towler .

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


Similar surnames: Tower, Towne, Downer, Turner, Horner, Tozer, Bower, Tinner, Bowler

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Where is the Towner family from?

You can see how Towner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Towner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Towner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 42 Towner families living in New York. This was about 43% of all the recorded Towner's in USA. New York had the highest population of Towner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Towner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Towner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Towner. 18% of Towner men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Towner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Towner were Clerk and Clerk. .

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Clerk
    7%
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What Towner family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Towner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Towner 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 Towner. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Towner. For the veterans among your Towner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Towner lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Towner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Towner in 1942 was 34, and 77 in 2004.

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