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Wren Name Meaning

English: nickname from the bird, Middle English wrenne, probably in reference to its small size. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Rinn ‘descendant of Rinn’, a personal name possibly derived from reann ‘spear’. Welsh: Anglicized form of Welsh Uren.

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


Similar surnames: Uren, Kren, Brew, Wen, Wire, Buren, Lien, Wien, Gren, Wrenn

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Where is the Wren family from?

You can see how Wren families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wren family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wren families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 30 Wren families living in Virginia. This was about 24% of all the recorded Wren's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Wren families in 1840.
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What did your Wren ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wren. 21% of Wren men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Wren women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wren were Farm Laborer and Housewife.

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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
    20%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

There are 123,000 census records available for the last name Wren. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wren 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 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Wren. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Wren. For the veterans among your Wren ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wren lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Wren life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Wren in 1944 was 27, and 71 in 2004.

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