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Spenner Family History

Spenner Name Meaning

English: habitational name for someone from places so named in West Yorkshire and Lancashire, or from High Spen in County Durham. German: from Middle High German spanner, an occupational name for someone whose work involved pulling, tensioning, or tightening, for example a carter.

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


Similar surnames: Penner, Spinner, Senner, Stenner, Venner, Senne, Sonner, Fenner

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Where is the Spenner family from?

You can see how Spenner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Spenner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Spenner families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Spenner family living in Maryland. This was about 50% of all the recorded Spenner's in USA. Maryland and 1 other state had the highest population of Spenner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Spenner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Spenner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Spenner. 33% of Spenner men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Spenner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Spenner were Truck Driver and Laborer. .

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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
    33%
  • Laborer
    25%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    27%
  • Waitress
    16%
  • Maid
    12%
  • Laborer
    8%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Spenner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Spenner 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 665 immigration records available for the last name Spenner. 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 427 military records available for the last name Spenner. For the veterans among your Spenner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Spenner lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Spenner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2003, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Spenner in 1958 was 51, and 89 in 2004.

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