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Gorney Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): variant of Gurney . Americanized form of Polish Górny (see Gorny ).

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

Similar surnames: Gortney, Gorley, Dorney, Gosney, Gurley, Torney, Forney, Horner

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Where is the Gorney family from?

You can see how Gorney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gorney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gorney families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Gorney families living in Kentucky. This was about 40% of all the recorded Gorney's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Gorney families in 1840.
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What did your Gorney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gorney. 30% of Gorney men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Gorney women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gorney were Truck Driver and Nurse. .

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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

  • Clerk
  • Domestic
  • Maid
  • Nurse
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There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Gorney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gorney 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 Gorney. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Gorney. For the veterans among your Gorney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gorney lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Gorney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Gorney in 1950 was 46, and 77 in 2004.

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