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Gortney Family History

Gortney Name Meaning

Possibly an altered spelling of German Gort(h)ner, a metonymic occupational name for a miller, from an agent derivative of Low German gorte ‘groats’.

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


Similar surnames: Gorney, Portner, Gartner, Fortney, Gartley, Bortner, Fortner, Portney

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Where is the Gortney family from?

You can see how Gortney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gortney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gortney families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Gortney families living in North Carolina. This was about 50% of all the recorded Gortney's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Gortney families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gortney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gortney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gortney. 58% of Gortney men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Gortney women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gortney were Soldier 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

  • Farmer
    58%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Truck Driver
    12%
  • Soldier
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    50%
  • Housekeeper
    50%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Gortney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gortney 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 47 immigration records available for the last name Gortney. 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 312 military records available for the last name Gortney. For the veterans among your Gortney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gortney lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gortney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Gortney in 1944 was 38, and 59 in 2004.

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