Kerner Family History

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Kerner Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a farmer or a nickname for a 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). Alemannic occupational name for a baker using spelt (a type of wheat) or for a spelt dealer. German: variant of Körner (see Korner).

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

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

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Kerner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kerner name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kerner. 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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Kerner Family Origin

Where is the Kerner family from?

Kerner Family Occupations

What did your Kerner ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Kerner family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kerner. The most common Kerner occupation in the USA was Farmer. 17% of Kerner's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Kerner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 20,000 census records available for the last name Kerner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kerner 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 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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Draft Card

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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Kerner Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kerner 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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