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Tunney Family History

Tunney Name Meaning

Irish (Mayo Sligo and Donegal): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Tonnaigh ‘descendant of Tonnach’ a personal name meaning either ‘billowy’ (from tonn ‘wave’) or ‘shining’. English (Lancashire and Northumberland): from the Middle English personal name Tunne (Old Norse Tunni Tunne a nickname from tunna ‘barrel’).

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


Similar surnames: Tinney, Lunney, Torney, Turney, Guiney, Toney, Munley, Tenney, Tanney

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Where is the Tunney family from?

You can see how Tunney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tunney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tunney families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Tunney families living in Illinois. This was about 67% of all the recorded Tunney's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Tunney families in 1840.
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What did your Tunney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Tunney. 22% of Tunney men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Tunney women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tunney were Watchman 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

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Watchman
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    12%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Waitress
    9%
  • Secretary
    9%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Tunney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tunney 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Tunney. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Tunney. For the veterans among your Tunney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tunney lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Tunney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Tunney in 1951 was 50, and 82 in 2004.

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