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Bortner Name Meaning

South German (Bavaria) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a maker of braiding from Middle High German borte German Borte ‘braiding’. This surname is rare in Germany. Compare Bordner and Burtner .

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

Similar surnames: Bordner, Ortner, Fortner, Borner, Portner, Bodner, Berner, Porter

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Where is the Bortner family from?

You can see how Bortner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bortner family name was found in the USA between 1840 and 1920. The most Bortner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 20 Bortner families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Bortner's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Bortner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bortner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bortner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bortner. 25% of Bortner men worked as a Laborer and 23% of Bortner women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bortner were Clerk 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
  • Saleslady
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Bortner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bortner 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 315 immigration records available for the last name Bortner. 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 924 military records available for the last name Bortner. For the veterans among your Bortner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bortner lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Bortner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Bortner in 1953 was 47, and 79 in 2004.

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