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Finner Name Meaning

German: ethnic name for a Finn (see Finn 3) or a topographic name, from an agent derivative of Old High German fenni, Middle Low German and Old Frisian fenne ‘bog’ (see Fenn). English: possibly a variant of Fenner.

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


Similar surnames: Fenner, Finne, Pinner, Fonner, Finger, Zinner, Tinner, Sinner, Binner

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Where is the Finner family from?

You can see how Finner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Finner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Finner families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Finner families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Finner's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Finner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Finner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Finner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Finner. 41% of Finner men worked as a Laborer and 21% of Finner women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Finner were Truck Driver and Laborer.

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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
    41%
  • Farmer
    26%
  • Farming
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    21%
  • Housework
    13%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Laborer
    13%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Finner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Finner 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 634 immigration records available for the last name Finner. 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 808 military records available for the last name Finner. For the veterans among your Finner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Finner lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Finner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Finner in 1956 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

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