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Finer Surname Meaning

English: occupational name from Old French fineur ‘refiner of gold or silver’ or perhaps an agent derivative of Middle English fine(n) ‘(to) refine purify’ with the same meaning. Americanized form of German Feiner and a variant of the same Jewish (Ashkenazic) surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Feiner, Filer, Hiner, Miner, Finger, Finner, Piner, Lier, Viner

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Where is the Finer family from?

You can see how Finer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Finer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Finer families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 46 Finer families living in London. This was about 39% of all the recorded Finer's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Finer families in 1891.
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What did your Finer ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Taxi Cab Driver and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Finer. 50% of Finer men worked as a Taxi Cab Driver and 92% of Finer women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Finer were Master Builder 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 1939

  • Taxi Cab Driver
    50%
  • Master Builder
    50%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    92%
  • Dressmaker
    5%
  • Housewife
    5%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Finer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Finer 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 Finer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 807 military records available for the last name Finer. For the veterans among your Finer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Finer lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Finer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Finer in 1943 was 32, and 86 in 2004.

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