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Donner Name Meaning

German: nickname for a loud or irascible man, from Middle High German doner ‘thunder’ (Old High German thonar). Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental adoption of German Donner ‘thunder’.

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

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Donner Family Origin

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Donner Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    44%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    4%
  • Miner

    2%

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Donner. A less common occupation for the Donner family was Miner. The most common Donner occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Donner's were Farmers.

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Donner Historical Records

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Donner Life Expectancy

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