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Kerner Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a farmer or a nickname for a physically small person from an agent derivative of Middle High German kerne ‘kernel seed pip’ German Kern or Yiddish kern ‘grain’. German: occupational name for a carter from Karren ‘cart’ (see Karner ). German: Alemannic occupational name for a baker using spelt (a type of wheat) or for a spelt dealer. German: variant of Körner (see Korner ). English (Surrey): occupational name from Middle English kerner a side-form of cherner churner ‘churner one who churns butter’. Compare Churn and Kern .

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

Similar surnames: Lerner, Berner, Kenner, Koerner, Karner, Kerzner, Kerker, Kelner

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Where is the Kerner family from?

You can see how Kerner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kerner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kerner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Kerner families living in North Carolina. This was about 23% of all the recorded Kerner's in USA. North Carolina and 1 other state had the highest population of Kerner families in 1840.
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What did your Kerner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kerner. 12% of Kerner men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Kerner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kerner were Clerk and Clerk. .

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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
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Secretary
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Kerner. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Kerner. For the veterans among your Kerner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kerner lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Kerner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Kerner in 1942 was 25, and 75 in 2004.

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