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Tawney Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from either of two places, Saint-Aubin-du-Thennay or Saint-Jean-du-Thennay, in Eure, Normandy, both so named from an uncertain first element (possibly a Gallo-Roman personal name or the Gaulish word tann ‘oak’, ‘holly’) + the locative suffix -acum.

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


Similar surnames: Turney, Dabney, Tanner, Arney, Darney, Downey, Abney, Lawley, Tannen

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Where is the Tawney family from?

You can see how Tawney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tawney family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Tawney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Tawney families living in Maryland. This was about 41% of all the recorded Tawney's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Tawney families in 1840.
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What did your Tawney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tawney. 21% of Tawney men worked as a Farmer and 33% of Tawney women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tawney were Operator 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
    21%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Truck Driver
    7%
  • Operator
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    33%
  • Stenographer
    18%
  • Operator
    15%
  • Secretary
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 534 immigration records available for the last name Tawney. 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 Tawney. For the veterans among your Tawney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tawney lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Tawney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Tawney in 1944 was 35, and 77 in 2004.

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