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Hegner Name Meaning

German: variant of Heger . German: habitational name for someone from Hegnau near Zurich or Hegne on Lake Constance. North German: occupational name for a worker who maintained fences briars for protection planted city walls etc. from Middle Low German hegenen ‘to fence’.

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

Similar surnames: Hegler, Heger, Henner, Gegner, Egner, Hagner, Regner, Hege, Depner

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Where is the Hegner family from?

You can see how Hegner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hegner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hegner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Hegner family living in Ohio. This was about 50% of all the recorded Hegner's in USA. Ohio and 1 other state had the highest population of Hegner families in 1840.
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What did your Hegner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hegner. 19% of Hegner men worked as a Laborer and 22% of Hegner women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hegner were Carpenter and Cashier. .

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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
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Teacher
  • Bookkeeper
  • Cashier
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Hegner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hegner 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 919 immigration records available for the last name Hegner. 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 933 military records available for the last name Hegner. For the veterans among your Hegner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hegner lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Hegner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Hegner in 1960 was 50, and 73 in 2004.

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