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Willner Name Meaning

German: habitational name for someone from any of various places, for example in Saxony, Upper Franconia, the Upper Palatinate, and Upper Austria, called Wildenau, from Old High German wildi ‘wild’, ‘uncultivated’ (with the adjective retaining the weak dative ending originally used after a preposition and article) + ouwa ‘wet land’, ‘marsh’. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): habitational name from Yiddish vilner ‘native or inhabitant of the Lithuanian city of Vilnius’ (Yiddish Vilne).

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


Similar surnames: Giller, Diller, Wellner, Wilner, Wiesner, Wollner, Wisner, Kellner

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Where is the Willner family from?

You can see how Willner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Willner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Willner families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Willner family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Willner's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Willner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Willner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Willner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Willner. 16% of Willner men worked as a Salesman and 11% of Willner women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Willner were Manager and Stenographer.

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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
    16%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Manager
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Bookkeeper
    9%
  • Saleslady
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Willner. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Willner. For the veterans among your Willner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Willner lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Willner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Willner in 1956 was 30, and 82 in 2004.

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