Gurney Family History

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Gurney Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of various places in France named Gournay, notably Gournay-en-Brai in Seine-Maritime.

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

Similar surnames: Turney, Burney, Furney, Curley, Turner, Garney, Corney, Durley

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Gurney Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gurney name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gurney. 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


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Gurney Family Origin

Where is the Gurney family from?

Gurney Family Occupations

What did your Gurney ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Gurney occupation in the USA was Farmer. 21% of Gurney's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Gurney family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gurney.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Gurney Historical Records

What Gurney family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 93,000 census records available for the last name Gurney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gurney 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Gurney. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Gurney. For the veterans among your Gurney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gurney Life Expectancy

What is the average Gurney lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gurney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gurney in 1944 was 37, and 84 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gurney

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gurney 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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