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Jenner Name Meaning

English (chiefly Kent and Sussex): occupational name for a designer or engineer, from a Middle English reduced form of Old French engineor ‘contriver’ (a derivative of engaigne ‘cunning’, ‘ingenuity’, ‘stratagem’, ‘device’). Engineers in the Middle Ages were primarily designers and builders of military machines, although in peacetime they might turn their hands to architecture and other more pacific functions. German: from the Latin personal name Januarius (see January 1). Jänner is a South German word for ‘January’, and so it is possible that this is one of the surnames acquired from words denoting months of the year, for example by converts who had been baptized in that month, people who were born or baptized in that month, or people whose taxes were due in January.

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


Similar surnames: Venner, Fenner, Renner, Denner, Benner, Penner, Henner, Jenne, Menner

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Where is the Jenner family from?

You can see how Jenner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jenner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jenner families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 11 Jenner families living in New York. This was about 46% of all the recorded Jenner's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Jenner families in 1840.
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What did your Jenner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Jenner. 19% of Jenner men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Jenner women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jenner were Carpenter and Maid.

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Saleslady
    9%
  • Maid
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Jenner. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Jenner. For the veterans among your Jenner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jenner lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Jenner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Jenner in 1953 was 27, and 78 in 2004.

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