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Widmer Name Meaning

German and Swiss German: status name from Middle High German widemer ‘tenant farmer who worked on land that had been endowed to a parish church Middle High German widem(e) ‘prebend’. German: variant of Wittmer Germanized form of Slovenian and Croatian Vidmar itself of the same ultimately German origin as 1 above. Compare Widmar . English: habitational name from Widmere in Ibstone (Buckinghamshire) named from Old English wīthig ‘willow withy’ + mere ‘pool’. The rare personal name Widmer may also have contributed to the surname.

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


Similar surnames: Wimmer, Widder, Wicker, Widner, Wilmer, Widger, Wismer, Rimer, Limer

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Where is the Widmer family from?

You can see how Widmer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Widmer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Widmer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Widmer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 60% of all the recorded Widmer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Widmer families in 1840.
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What did your Widmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Widmer. 21% of Widmer men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Widmer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Widmer were Farm Laborer and Saleslady. .

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Saleslady
    7%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Widmer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Widmer 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Widmer. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Widmer. For the veterans among your Widmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Widmer lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Widmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Widmer in 1950 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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