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Lerner Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a scholar or schoolmaster, from an agent derivative of Middle English lern(en), which meant both ‘to learn’ and ‘to teach’ (Old English leornian). South German: habitational name for someone from Lern near Freising. South German: nickname from Middle High German lerner ‘pupil’, ‘schoolboy’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name from Yiddish lerner ‘Talmudic student or scholar’.

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


Similar surnames: Berner, Kerner, Leiner, Lehner, Derner, Depner, Leiser, Gerner

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Where is the Lerner family from?

You can see how Lerner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lerner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lerner families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Lerner family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Lerner's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Lerner families in 1840.
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What did your Lerner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lerner. 16% of Lerner men worked as a Salesman and 10% of Lerner women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lerner were Manager 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

  • Salesman
    16%
  • Proprietor
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Manager
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    10%
  • Saleslady
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Clerk
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Lerner. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Lerner. For the veterans among your Lerner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lerner lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Lerner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Lerner in 1947 was 39, and 82 in 2004.

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