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Ahrens Name Meaning

North German and Dutch: patronymic from the personal name Arend (see Arndt). Jewish (Ashkenazic): assimilation of the Jewish patronymic Aarons to the German name, which has a similar pronunciation.

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


Similar surnames: Arend, Arens, Ahlers, Arons, Arends, Levens, Ahles, Behrens, Mehrens

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Where is the Ahrens family from?

You can see how Ahrens families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ahrens family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ahrens families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Ahrens family living in Florida Territory. This was about 25% of all the recorded Ahrens's in the USA. Florida Territory and 3 other states had the highest population of Ahrens families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ahrens surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ahrens ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ahrens. 21% of Ahrens men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Ahrens women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ahrens were Truck Driver and Housework.

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Housework
    7%
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Census Records

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Ahrens. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ahrens 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 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Ahrens. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Ahrens. For the veterans among your Ahrens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ahrens lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Ahrens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Ahrens in 1943 was 41, and 79 in 2004.

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