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Turney Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from places in northern France called Tournai (Orne), Tournay (Calvados), or Tourny (Eure), all named with the pre-Roman personal name Turnus (probably meaning ‘height’, ‘eminence’) + the locative suffix -acum.

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


Similar surnames: Torney, Burney, Turner, Gurney, Tawney, Curley, Furney, Turvey

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Where is the Turney family from?

You can see how Turney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Turney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Turney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 35 Turney families living in Connecticut. This was about 21% of all the recorded Turney's in the USA. Connecticut had the highest population of Turney families in 1840.
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What did your Turney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Turney. 17% of Turney men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Turney women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Turney were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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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%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

There are 67,000 census records available for the last name Turney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Turney 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Turney. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Turney. For the veterans among your Turney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Turney lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Turney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Turney in 1944 was 48, and 76 in 2004.

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