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Ringer Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a maker of rings and other items of jewelry from Middle English ringer(e) a derivative of the noun ring. An alternative possibility is that some ringers were makers of chain mail. Compare Ring . English: occupational name for someone whose function was to ring church bells or a bell in a procession Middle English ringer(e) agent noun derived from ringen ‘to ring’. English: from the Middle English personal name Rainger Reinger (Old French Reinger from ancient Germanic Reginger from ragin regin ‘counsel decision’ + gēr ‘spear’). English: possibly an occupational name from a derivative of Middle English wringen ‘to wring or squeeze’ perhaps used for a wringer or presser of cheese. English: possibly from the Middle English personal name Ringer (Old English Hringhere ‘ring’ + ‘army’). German: occupational name for a turner someone who made objects by rotating them on a lathe or wheel.

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


Similar surnames: Ringel, Winger, Ranger, Ringen, Rinier, Rinker, Ginger, Minger

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Where is the Ringer family from?

You can see how Ringer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ringer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ringer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 16 Ringer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 19% of all the recorded Ringer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ringer families in 1840.
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What did your Ringer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ringer. 18% of Ringer men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Ringer women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ringer were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Ringer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ringer 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 Ringer. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Ringer. For the veterans among your Ringer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ringer lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Ringer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Ringer in 1945 was 25, and 78 in 2004.

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