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Tenney Name Meaning

English (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire): from the Middle English personal name Tenny of uncertain origin. English: in southwestern England occasionally a variant of Tinney .

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

Similar surnames: Tenley, Benney, Tennis, Tunney, Henney, Winney, Denny, Tawney, Berney

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Where is the Tenney family from?

You can see how Tenney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tenney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tenney families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 64 Tenney families living in New Hampshire. This was about 37% of all the recorded Tenney's in USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Tenney families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tenney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tenney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Tenney. 18% of Tenney men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Tenney women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tenney were Truck Driver and Housework. .

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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
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Tenney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tenney 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Tenney. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Tenney. For the veterans among your Tenney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tenney lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Tenney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Tenney in 1941 was 66, and 74 in 2004.

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