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Milner Name Meaning

Northern English (mainly Yorkshire) and Scottish: variant of Miller, retaining the -n- of the Middle English word, which was a result of Scandinavian linguistic influence, as in Old Norse mylnari.

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


Similar surnames: Miller, Miner, Milne, Millner, Kilner, Minner, Milnes, Milnor, Tinner

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Where is the Milner family from?

You can see how Milner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Milner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Milner families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 3,583 Milner families living in Yorkshire. This was about 51% of all the recorded Milner's in the UK. Yorkshire had the highest population of Milner families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Milner surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Milner ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Milner. 10% of Milner men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Milner women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Milner were Incapacitated and Private Means.

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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

  • General Labourer
    10%
  • Farmer
    4%
  • Colliery Hewer
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    66%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Private Means
    2%
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What Milner family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 191,000 census records available for the last name Milner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Milner 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Milner. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Milner. For the veterans among your Milner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Milner lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Milner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Milner in 1947 was 53, and 76 in 2004.

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