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Tanner Name Meaning

English (southern) and Dutch: occupational name for a tanner of skins Middle English tanner Middle Dutch taenre. The Middle English form derives from Old English tannere from Late Latin tannarius reinforced by Old French taneor from Late Latin tannator; both Late Latin forms derive from a verb tannare possibly from a Celtic word for the oak whose bark was used in the process. German: topographic name from Middle High German tan ‘woods pine forest’ for someone who lived near such terrain. German: habitational name for someone from any of several places called Tanne (in the Harz Mountains Bavaria East Prussia Switzerland) or Tann (Hesse Bavaria) Thann (Bavaria Austria Alsace) Tannen (southern Germany Switzerland) Thannen (Bavaria). Finnish: ornamental name from tanner ‘open field’. Adopted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries name-changing campaigns mainly in southern and southwestern Finland to replace Finnish and Swedish surnames (compare Laine ).

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

Similar surnames: Danner, Mander, Tanzer, Tinner, Banner, Jenner, Gunner, Kanner

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Where is the Tanner family from?

You can see how Tanner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tanner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tanner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,050 Tanner families living in London. This was about 19% of all the recorded Tanner's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Tanner families in 1891.
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What did your Tanner ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Tanner. 9% of Tanner men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Tanner women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tanner were Gardener 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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
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Passenger Lists

There are 25,000 immigration records available for the last name Tanner. 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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There are 46,000 military records available for the last name Tanner. For the veterans among your Tanner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tanner lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Tanner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Tanner in 1941 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

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