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Cerny Name Meaning

Czech (Cerný): from cerný ‘black’, hence a nickname for a black-haired person, or someone with a dark complexion, sometimes used as a nickname for the devil. French: habitational name from either of two places, in Aisne and Essonne, named Cerny, from the Roman personal name Serenus + the suffix -iacus, denoting an estate.

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


Similar surnames: Cerne, Cerna, Cerney, Erny, Cherny, Perna, Merry, Corby, Carby, Cerro

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Where is the Cerny family from?

You can see how Cerny families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cerny family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Cerny families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 32 Cerny families living in Illinois. This was about 21% of all the recorded Cerny's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Cerny families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cerny surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cerny ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cerny. 15% of Cerny men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Cerny women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cerny were Clerk and Housewife.

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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
    15%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Machinist
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    16%
  • Clerk
    11%
  • Housework
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Cerny. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Cerny. For the veterans among your Cerny ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cerny lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cerny life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Cerny in 1944 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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