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Werner Family History

Werner Name Meaning

German Dutch Polish Czech Hungarian Norwegian Swedish and Danish: from a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements warin ‘protection shelter’ or ‘guard’ + heri hari ‘army’. The surname of German origin is also found in Britain (compare Warner ) and France (Alsace and Lorraine). Compare Verner . Germanized or Americanized form of Czech Hungarian Swedish Danish Croatian and Slovenian Verner a cognate or variant of 1 above.

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


Similar surnames: Warner, Berner, Weiker, Werder, Derner, Keiner, Gerner, Lerner

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Where is the Werner family from?

You can see how Werner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Werner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Werner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 59 Werner families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 69% of all the recorded Werner's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Werner families in 1840.
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What did your Werner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Werner. 11% of Werner men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Werner women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Werner were Clerk and Teacher. .

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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
    11%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Census Records

There are 164,000 census records available for the last name Werner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Werner 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 50,000 immigration records available for the last name Werner. 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 77,000 military records available for the last name Werner. For the veterans among your Werner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Werner lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Werner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Werner in 1940 was 46, and 76 in 2004.

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