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Glenn Name Meaning

Irish (Derry and Galway): from Mag Fhloinn see McGlynn . English: variant of Glen .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Glenny, Glenna, Glen, Glynn, Glennie, Lenn, Linn, Glenney, Gean, Ginn

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Where is the Glenn family from?

You can see how Glenn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Glenn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Glenn families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 97 Glenn families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 18% of all the recorded Glenn's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Glenn families in 1840.
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What did your Glenn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Glenn. 18% of Glenn men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Glenn women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Glenn were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 267,000 census records available for the last name Glenn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Glenn 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Glenn. 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 62,000 military records available for the last name Glenn. For the veterans among your Glenn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Glenn lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Glenn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Glenn in 1941 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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