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Sumner Name Meaning

English: occupational name for an official who was responsible for ensuring the appearance of witnesses in court from Middle English som(p)nour(e) ‘summoner’ (Old French somoneor semoneor).

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

Similar surnames: Summer, Turner, Sutter, Suter, Gunner, Sommer, Sumners, Seiner

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Where is the Sumner family from?

You can see how Sumner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sumner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sumner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 83 Sumner families living in Massachusetts. This was about 21% of all the recorded Sumner's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Sumner families in 1840.
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What did your Sumner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sumner. 18% of Sumner men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Sumner women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sumner were Truck Driver and Secretary. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Secretary
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Census Records

There are 149,000 census records available for the last name Sumner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sumner 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Sumner. 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 37,000 military records available for the last name Sumner. For the veterans among your Sumner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sumner lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Sumner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Sumner in 1941 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

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