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Zanger Name Meaning

Dutch: from Dutch zanger ‘singer’, hence an occupational name for a singer or chorister, or nickname for someone who was always singing. Compare German Sanger. German: variant of Zenger. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name from German Zange ‘pincers’, ‘pliers’ + the agent suffix -er.

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


Similar surnames: Sanger, Zander, Manger, Ranger, Zaiger, Zager, Langer, Zinger

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Where is the Zanger family from?

You can see how Zanger families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Zanger family name was found in the USA, and the UK between 1840 and 1920. The most Zanger families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Zanger family living in Illinois. This was about 50% of all the recorded Zanger's in the USA. Illinois and 1 other state had the highest population of Zanger families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Zanger surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Zanger ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Zanger. 41% of Zanger men worked as a Salesman and 22% of Zanger women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Zanger were Farm Laborer 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

  • Salesman
    41%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Knitter
    10%
  • Farm Laborer
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Cook
    22%
  • Stenographer
    22%
  • Secretary
    15%
  • Saleslady
    15%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Zanger. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zanger 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Zanger. 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 686 military records available for the last name Zanger. For the veterans among your Zanger ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Zanger lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Zanger life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Zanger in 1955 was 43, and 85 in 2004.

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