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Crane Family History

Crane Name Meaning

English: nickname most likely for a tall thin man with long legs from Middle English cran ‘crane’ (the bird) Old English cran cron. The term included the heron until the introduction of a separate word for the latter in the 14th century. Manx: see Craine . Dutch: variant of Krane ‘crane’. Americanized form (translation into English) of German Krahn or Kranich .

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


Similar surnames: Cane, Drane, Crank, Krane, Craner, Cran, Crayne, Cale, Clare, Crance

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Where is the Crane family from?

You can see how Crane families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Crane family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Crane families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 272 Crane families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Crane's in USA. New York had the highest population of Crane families in 1840.
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What did your Crane ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Crane. 14% of Crane men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Crane women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Crane were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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
    14%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Crane. 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 63,000 military records available for the last name Crane. For the veterans among your Crane ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Crane lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Crane life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Crane in 1941 was 39, and 76 in 2004.

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