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Finney Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places in Cheshire called Finney or from Fenay in West Yorkshire, probably named from Old English finig ‘heap’ (especially one of wood), or from Old English and Old Norse finn ‘coarse grass’ + (ge)hæg ‘enclosure’.

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


Similar surnames: Binney, Finne, Sidney, Finley, Linney, Finner, Winney, Hanney, Finn

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Where is the Finney family from?

You can see how Finney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Finney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Finney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 61 Finney families living in Ohio. This was about 20% of all the recorded Finney's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Finney families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Finney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Finney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Finney. 20% of Finney men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Finney women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Finney were Truck Driver 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
    20%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 117,000 census records available for the last name Finney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Finney 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Finney. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Finney. For the veterans among your Finney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Finney lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Finney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Finney in 1940 was 47, and 77 in 2004.

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