Agnew Family History

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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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Agnew Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Agnew name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Agnew. 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


  • Norway


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Agnew Family Origin

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Agnew Family Occupations

What did your Agnew ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Agnew. The most common Agnew occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Agnew's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Agnew family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Agnew Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 90,000 census records available for the last name Agnew. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Agnew 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 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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Draft Card

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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Agnew Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Agnew 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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