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Wien Family History

Wien Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from the city of Vienna (German Wien, Yiddish Vin). The place name is first recorded in the Latin form Vindobona, and is of Celtic origin. Before the Holocaust there was a large Jewish population in Vienna. From the 17th century onwards the Leopoldstadt district was officially designated as a Jewish quarter, and many families bearing this surname no doubt originated there. Norwegian: habitational name from any of seven farmsteads in eastern Norway named Vien, earlier Vivin, from Old Norse viðr ‘wood’, víðr ‘wide’, or vé ‘(pagan) sacred place’ + vin ‘meadow’.

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


Similar surnames: Bien, Wen, Lien, Osen, Lier, Wion, Wein, Wied, Vien, Wist

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Where is the Wien family from?

You can see how Wien families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wien family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wien families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Wien family living in Iowa Territory. This was about 20% of all the recorded Wien's in the USA. Iowa Territory and 4 other states had the highest population of Wien families in 1840.
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What did your Wien ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wien. 19% of Wien men worked as a Salesman and 11% of Wien women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wien were Manager 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

  • Salesman
    19%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Manager
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
    11%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Clerk
    11%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Wien. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wien 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Wien. 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 25,000 military records available for the last name Wien. For the veterans among your Wien ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wien lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Wien life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Wien in 1961 was 40, and 89 in 2004.

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