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Lanier Name Meaning

French: occupational name for someone involved in the wool trade from Old French lanier deriving from la(i)ne ‘wool’. This surname is also found in England but is very rare. Compare Lenear . Altered form of French Lasnier ‘the donkey driver the donkey keeper’.

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

Similar surnames: Manier, Mander, Lander, Lavier, Laier, Panter, Larmer, Ranger, Laufer

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Where is the Lanier family from?

You can see how Lanier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lanier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lanier families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 33 Lanier families living in North Carolina. This was about 25% of all the recorded Lanier's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Lanier families in 1840.
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What did your Lanier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lanier. 24% of Lanier men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Lanier women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lanier were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Farming
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
  • Maid
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Lanier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lanier 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Lanier. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Lanier. For the veterans among your Lanier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lanier lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Lanier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Lanier in 1942 was 27, and 72 in 2004.

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