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Tanner Name Meaning

English and Dutch: occupational name for a tanner of skins, Middle English tanner, Middle Dutch taenre. (The Middle English form derives from Old English tannere, from Late Latin tannarius, reinforced by Old French taneor, from Late Latin tannator; both Late Latin forms derive from a verb tannare, possibly from a Celtic word for the oak, whose bark was used in the process.) Swiss and German: habitational name for someone from any of several places called Tanne (in the Harz Mountains and Silesia) or Tann (southern Germany). Finnish: topographic or ornamental name from Finnish tanner ‘open field’.

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


Similar surnames: Danner, Mander, Tanzer, Tinner, Banner, Jenner, Gunner, Kanner

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Where is the Tanner family from?

You can see how Tanner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tanner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tanner families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 190 Tanner families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Tanner's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Tanner families in 1840.
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What did your Tanner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tanner. 17% of Tanner men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Tanner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tanner were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 25,000 immigration records available for the last name Tanner. 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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There are 46,000 military records available for the last name Tanner. For the veterans among your Tanner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tanner lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Tanner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Tanner in 1941 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

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