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Zenner Family History

Zenner Name Meaning

South German: unflattering nickname for a surly snarling person from an agent derivative of Middle High German zannen ‘to growl or howl’ or ‘to bare one's teeth’.

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

Similar surnames: Zenker, Benner, Zeiner, Fenner, Zinner, Zenger, Kenner, Zehner

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Where is the Zenner family from?

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

What did your Zenner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Zenner. 18% of Zenner men worked as a Farmer and 30% of Zenner women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Zenner were Salesman 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • New Worker
  • Clerk
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Zenner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zenner 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 870 immigration records available for the last name Zenner. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Zenner. For the veterans among your Zenner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Zenner lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Zenner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Zenner in 1955 was 68, and 83 in 2004.

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