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Genn Name Meaning

English (Cornish): from a short form of the female personal name Jennifer, from Welsh Gwenhwyfar (see Gaynor). Until the 19th century Jennifer was a characteristically Cornish name. German: of uncertain origin; possibly from a Celtic root or from a short form of Heinrich (see Henry) or Johannes (see John).

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


Similar surnames: Henn, Benn, Penn, Gunn, Gann, Geen, Gent, Gean, Denn, Finn

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Where is the Genn family from?

You can see how Genn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Genn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Genn families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 6 Genn families living in Massachusetts. This was about 38% of all the recorded Genn's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Genn families in 1840.
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What did your Genn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Genn. 40% of Genn men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Genn women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Genn were Operator and Operator. .

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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

  • Farmer
    40%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Operator
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Operator
    8%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Genn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Genn 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Genn. 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 479 military records available for the last name Genn. For the veterans among your Genn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Genn lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Genn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Genn in 1954 was 59, and 79 in 2004.

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