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Wisner Name Meaning

German: habitational name for someone from any of various places named Wissen, mostly in the Rhineland, for example near Siegen. North German: variant of Wischner.

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


Similar surnames: Wismer, Wiesner, Risner, Wisener, Widner, Wiener, Wieder, Weisner

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Where is the Wisner family from?

You can see how Wisner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wisner family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Wisner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 51 Wisner families living in New York. This was about 46% of all the recorded Wisner's in USA. New York had the highest population of Wisner families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wisner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wisner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wisner. 20% of Wisner men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Wisner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wisner were Carpenter 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

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Seamstress
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Saleslady
    6%
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Census Records

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Wisner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wisner 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 Wisner. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Wisner. For the veterans among your Wisner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wisner lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Wisner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Wisner in 1948 was 34, and 72 in 2004.

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