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Lehner Family History

Lehner Name Meaning

German: status name for a feudal tenant or vassal, from an agent derivative of Middle High German lehen ‘to hold land as a feudal tenant’. variant of Leonhardt.

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


Similar surnames: Lechner, Lohner, Lerner, Zehner, Dehner, Leiner, Lehmer, Lahner

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Where is the Lehner family from?

You can see how Lehner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lehner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lehner families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Lehner family living in Illinois. This was about 33% of all the recorded Lehner's in the USA. Illinois and 2 other states had the highest population of Lehner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lehner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lehner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lehner. 11% of Lehner men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Lehner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lehner were Clerk and Stenographer.

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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
    11%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Lehner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lehner 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 Lehner. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Lehner. For the veterans among your Lehner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lehner lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Lehner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Lehner in 1945 was 32, and 75 in 2004.

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