Finney Family History

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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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Finney Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Finney name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Finney. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Finney Family Origin

Where is the Finney family from?

Finney Family Occupations

What did your Finney ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Finney family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Finney. The most common Finney occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Finney's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Finney ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Finney Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Finney Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Finney ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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