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Churney Name Meaning

Americanized form of Czech Cerný (see Cerny), Polish Czarny, Ukrainian Cernij, or some other Slavic name meaning ‘black’.

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


Similar surnames: Cherney, Cherny, Cherne, Charney, Cerney, Hurney, Chorney, Cherner

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Where is the Churney family from?

You can see how Churney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Churney family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Churney families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 3 Churney families living in Illinois. This was about 50% of all the recorded Churney's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Churney families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Churney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Churney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Churney. 38% of Churney men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Churney women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Churney were Craneman and Factory Worker.

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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
    38%
  • Salesman
    17%
  • Body Man
    13%
  • Craneman
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    43%
  • Waitress
    29%
  • Factory Worker
    29%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Churney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Churney 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 118 immigration records available for the last name Churney. 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 272 military records available for the last name Churney. For the veterans among your Churney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Churney lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2003, in the United States, Churney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Churney in 1951 was 38, and 86 in 2003.

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