Sumner Family History

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Sumner Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a summoner, an official who was responsible for ensuring the appearance of witnesses in court, Middle English sumner, sumnor.

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

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

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Sumner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sumner name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sumner. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


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Sumner Family Origin

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Sumner Family Occupations

What did your Sumner ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sumner. The most common Sumner occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Sumner's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Sumner family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Sumner ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Sumner Historical Records

What Sumner family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Sumner Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sumner

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sumner ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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