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Wagner Name Meaning

German (also Wägner) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a carter or cartwright, from an agent derivative of Middle High German wagen ‘cart’, ‘wagon’, German Wagen. The German surname is also well established in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, eastern Europe, and elsewhere as well as in German-speaking countries.

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

Similar surnames: Wainer, Wager, Wapner, Wagoner, Wigner, Hafner, Wanner, Banner

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Where is the Wagner family from?

You can see how Wagner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wagner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wagner families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 236 Wagner families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 52% of all the recorded Wagner's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Wagner families in 1840.
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What did your Wagner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wagner. 12% of Wagner men worked as a Farmer and 6% of Wagner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wagner were Truck Driver 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 679,000 census records available for the last name Wagner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wagner 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 113,000 immigration records available for the last name Wagner. 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 233,000 military records available for the last name Wagner. For the veterans among your Wagner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wagner lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wagner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1940. The average life expectancy for Wagner in 1940 was 100, and 76 in 2004.

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