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Torney Name Meaning

English and northern Irish: habitational name from places called Tournay in Calvados and Orne in northern France. In some cases it could be of English origin, from any of the places called Thorney, in Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, and Sussex, mostly named from Old English þorn ‘thorn tree’ + eg ‘island’, although the Nottinhamshire example is from Old English þorn + haga ‘enclosure’. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Torna ‘descendant of Torna’, a personal name. German (eastern): topographic name and habitational name derived from a Slavic word, tarn-, meaning ‘brush made of thorns’.

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


Similar surnames: Dorney, Turney, Turner, Corney, Horney, Tormey, Thorley, Dolney

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Where is the Torney family from?

You can see how Torney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Torney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Torney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Torney families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 38% of all the recorded Torney's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Torney families in 1840.
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What did your Torney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Torney. 17% of Torney men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Torney women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Torney were Janitor and Teacher.

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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

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Mechanic
    11%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Janitor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Housewife
    15%
  • Clerk
    15%
  • Teacher
    15%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 21,000 military records available for the last name Torney. For the veterans among your Torney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Torney lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Torney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Torney in 1950 was 37, and 80 in 2004.

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