Tenney Family History

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Tenney Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): from a medieval personal name, a diminutive of Dennis 1.

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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Tenney Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Tenney name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Tenney. 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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Tenney Family Origin

Where is the Tenney family from?

Tenney Family Occupations

What did your Tenney ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tenney. The most common Tenney occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Tenney's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Tenney family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter

  • Laborer


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

Tenney Historical Records

What Tenney family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Tenney Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Tenney

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Tenney 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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