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Wager Name Meaning

English: unexplained. German (also Wäger), Swiss German, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German wæger ‘weigher’, German Waager, an occupational name for an official responsible for weighing produce, especially produce offered as rent in kind, or for an official in charge of checking weights and measures used by merchants.

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


Similar surnames: Hager, Sager, Wagner, Wage, Nager, Mager, Waser, Gager, Tager, Jager

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Where is the Wager family from?

You can see how Wager families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wager family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wager families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 123 Wager families living in New York. This was about 76% of all the recorded Wager's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Wager families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wager surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wager ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wager. 18% of Wager men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Wager women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wager were Clerk and Clerk.

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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

  • Farmer
    18%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 51,000 census records available for the last name Wager. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wager 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Wager. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Wager. For the veterans among your Wager ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wager lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Wager life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1951. The average life expectancy for Wager in 1947 was 60, and 70 in 2004.

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