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Sonnen Name Meaning

German: habitational name from any of several places so named in Bavaria. German: variant of Sonne 1. Dutch: from Middle Dutch sonne ‘sun’, applied as a term of endearment for a loved one, or a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a sun.

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


Similar surnames: Sonne, Sonner, Sonnek, Senne, Sinner, Ronne, Tannen, Annen, Coenen

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Where is the Sonnen family from?

You can see how Sonnen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sonnen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sonnen families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Sonnen family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Sonnen's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Sonnen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sonnen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sonnen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sonnen. 20% of Sonnen men worked as a Farmer and 29% of Sonnen women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sonnen were Carpenter and Seamstress.

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    14%
  • Carpenter
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    29%
  • Farm Laborer
    15%
  • Teacher
    15%
  • Seamstress
    15%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Sonnen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sonnen 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 368 immigration records available for the last name Sonnen. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Sonnen. For the veterans among your Sonnen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sonnen lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Sonnen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Sonnen in 1962 was 89, and 56 in 2004.

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