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Karner Name Meaning

from South German dialect Karner ‘charnel house’, hence a metonymic occupational name for an undertaker. in northern Germany, a metonymic occupational name for a peddler who used a handcart or barrow, from Karren ‘cart’ + the -er agent suffix. possibly a variant of Kerner or Körner (see Koerner) or an altered spelling of Garner, Gerner.

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


Similar surnames: Garner, Kerner, Kasner, Kirner, Karrer, Carner, Kanner, Kapner

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Where is the Karner family from?

You can see how Karner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Karner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Karner families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Karner families living in Massachusetts. This was about 67% of all the recorded Karner's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Karner families in 1840.
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What did your Karner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Karner. 22% of Karner men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Karner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Karner were Farming and Saleslady.

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Farming
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    16%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Saleslady
    8%
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Karner. 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 Karner. For the veterans among your Karner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Karner lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Karner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Karner in 1940 was 43, and 77 in 2004.

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