Abney Family History

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Abney Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Derbyshire named Abney, from the Old English personal name Abba (+ genitive -n) + Old English eg ‘island’. The surname is now much more common in the U.S. than in England.

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

Similar surnames: Adney, Arney, Dabney, Abbey, Arne, Olney, Hanney, Abner, Ney, Aney

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Abney Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Abney name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Abney. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Abney Family Origin

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Abney Family Occupations

What did your Abney ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Abney family was Farm Laborer. The most common Abney occupation in the USA was Farmer. 53% of Abney's were Farmers. Farmer, Farming and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Abney.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Abney ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Abney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Abney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Abney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 828 immigration records available for the last name Abney. 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 Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Abney. For the veterans among your Abney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Abney Life Expectancy

What is the average Abney lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Abney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Abney in 1942 was 31, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Abney ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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