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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 ) + 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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Where is the Ortner family from?

You can see how Ortner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ortner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ortner families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Ortner families living in Tennessee. This was about 50% of all the recorded Ortner's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Ortner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ortner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ortner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ortner. 25% of Ortner men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Ortner women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ortner were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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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
    25%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    27%
  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Clerk
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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