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Salinger Name Meaning

English (London): of Norman origin a habitational name from Saint-Léger-aux-Bois (Seine-Maritime) or Saint-Léger (Manche) both so called from the dedication of their churches to Saint Leger the martyred 7th-century bishop of Autun. Compare Ledger and Leger This surname is also common in Ireland. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a Germanized form of the personal name Salomon .

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


Similar surnames: Solinger, Selinger, Slinger, Avinger, Waldinger, Basinger, Springer

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Where is the Salinger family from?

You can see how Salinger families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Salinger family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Salinger families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Salinger family living in Illinois. This was about 25% of all the recorded Salinger's in USA. Illinois and 3 other states had the highest population of Salinger families in 1840.
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What did your Salinger ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Salinger. 22% of Salinger men worked as a Salesman and 24% of Salinger women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Salinger were Machinist 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

  • Salesman
    22%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Machinist
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    24%
  • Teacher
    20%
  • Seamstress
    12%
  • Stenographer
    12%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Salinger. For the veterans among your Salinger ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Salinger lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Salinger life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Salinger in 1952 was 52, and 78 in 2004.

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