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Lancer Name Meaning

Jewish (from Poland): ornamental name from German Lanze ‘lance’, ‘spear’ + the agent suffix -er.

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

Similar surnames: Lance, Lander, Lanzer, Dancer, Lanser, Lanier, Sander, Lanter, Langer

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Where is the Lancer family from?

You can see how Lancer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lancer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Lancer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Lancer families living in Mississippi. This was about 40% of all the recorded Lancer's in the USA. Mississippi and 1 other state had the highest population of Lancer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lancer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lancer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lancer. 32% of Lancer men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Lancer women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lancer were Farmer and Housewife.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Inspector
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Waitress
  • Bookkeeper
  • Housewife
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What Lancer family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Lancer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lancer 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 417 immigration records available for the last name Lancer. 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 411 military records available for the last name Lancer. For the veterans among your Lancer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lancer lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Lancer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Lancer in 1963 was 72, and 71 in 2004.

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