Ortner Family History

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Ortner Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived on the fringe of a village or settlement, from the oblique case of Middle High German ort in the sense ‘tip’, ‘extremity’ (see Ort 3) + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant. In the Austrian Tyrol the name denoted a person who worked in a salt mine.

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

Similar surnames: Cortner, Bortner, Ordner, Oster, Borner, Fortner, Kroner, Horner

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Ortner Family Origin

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Ortner Family Occupations

What did your Ortner ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ortner. A less common occupation for the Ortner family was Cigar Maker. The most common Ortner occupation in the USA was Farmer. 57% of Ortner's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter

  • Cigar Maker


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

Ortner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Ortner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ortner 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ortner. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Ortner. For the veterans among your Ortner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ortner Life Expectancy

What is the average Ortner lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Ortner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Ortner in 1945 was 29, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ortner

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ortner 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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