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Singer Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a cantor in a synagogue, from Yiddish zinger ‘singer’. English: variant of Sanger 2, in fact a Middle English recoinage from the verb sing(en) ‘to sing’. German: variant of Sänger (see Sanger 1) in the sense of ‘poet’.

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


Similar surnames: Sanger, Senger, Finger, Singler, Ringer, Slinger, Ginger, Binger

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Where is the Singer family from?

You can see how Singer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Singer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Singer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 66 Singer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 46% of all the recorded Singer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Singer families in 1840.
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What did your Singer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Singer. 12% of Singer men worked as a Salesman and 8% of Singer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Singer were Clerk and Bookkeeper.

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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
    12%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Saleslady
    6%
  • Bookkeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 147,000 census records available for the last name Singer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Singer 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 39,000 immigration records available for the last name Singer. 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 36,000 military records available for the last name Singer. For the veterans among your Singer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Singer lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Singer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Singer in 1941 was 48, and 79 in 2004.

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