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Sonner Name Meaning

occupational name for someone who bleached cloth, from an agent derivative of Middle High German sunnen ‘to bleach’. habitational name for someone from a place named Sonne.

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


Similar surnames: Sinner, Sonnen, Sonne, Sonnek, Conner, Fonner, Senner, Horner, Sommer

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Where is the Sonner family from?

You can see how Sonner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sonner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sonner families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Sonner families living in Virginia. This was about 42% of all the recorded Sonner's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Sonner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sonner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sonner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sonner. 25% of Sonner men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Sonner women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sonner were Operator 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
    25%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Operator
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Waitress
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Housewife
    9%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Sonner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sonner 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 668 immigration records available for the last name Sonner. 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 Sonner. For the veterans among your Sonner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sonner lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Sonner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2004, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Sonner in 1959 was 77, and 50 in 2004.

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