Towner Family History

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Towner Name Meaning

topographic name for one who lived in a township or village, Middle English toun, + -er, a characteristic topographic ending of Sussex surnames. occupational name for a toll taker or tax collector, from tolnere, an agent derivative of Middle English toll ‘tax’, ‘payment’. Compare Toller.

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

Similar surnames: Tower, Towne, Downer, Turner, Horner, Tozer, Bower, Tinner, Bowler

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Towner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Towner name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Towner. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Towner Family Origin

Where is the Towner family from?

Towner Family Occupations

What did your Towner ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Towner occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Towner's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Towner. A less common occupation for the Towner family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Towner Historical Records

What Towner family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Towner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Towner 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Towner. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Towner. For the veterans among your Towner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Towner Life Expectancy

What is the average Towner lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Towner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Towner in 1942 was 34, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Towner

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Towner 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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