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Widner Family History

Widner Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived by pastureland, from Middle High German weid(e) ‘grassland’, ‘pasture’ + -er, suffix denoting an inhabitant. variant of Widmer.

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


Similar surnames: Wiedner, Widder, Widmer, Wanner, Wisner, Weidner, Rinner, Wigner

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Where is the Widner family from?

You can see how Widner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Widner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Widner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Widner families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 28% of all the recorded Widner's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Widner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Widner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Widner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Widner. 28% of Widner men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Widner women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Widner were Farming and Teacher. .

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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
    28%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Farming
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Housework
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Widner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Widner 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 969 immigration records available for the last name Widner. 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 Widner. For the veterans among your Widner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Widner lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Widner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Widner in 1944 was 22, and 78 in 2004.

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