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Turner Name Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English t(o)urnour turner ‘turner’ (Old French to(u)rn(e)our) mainly denoting someone who fashioned small objects of wood metal or bone on a lathe but also a variety of other occupations including turnspit and translator or interpreter. This surname may have become confused with Toner . In North America it is also very common among African Americans. English: occasionally perhaps a nickname from Middle English turn-hare a compound of Middle English tournen ‘to turn direct steer’ + hare ‘hare’ a name for someone in charge of the greyhounds in hare coursing or an exaggerated compliment for someone who could run fast. See also Turnbull . English: perhaps also from Middle English t(o)urn(e)our ‘jouster one who takes part in a tournament’ (Old French tornoieor tournoieur). South German (rarely Türner): occupational name for a guard in a tower or a topographic name from an agent derivative of Middle High German turn ‘tower’. Compare Thurner . South German (rarely Türner): habitational name for someone from any of various places called Thurn for example in Austria. Compare Thurner . Slovenian and Croatian: regional occupational or topographic name from tur(e)n a loanword from German (see 4 above).7: Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): habitational name from a place called Turno or Turna in Poland and Belarus or from the city of Tarnów (Yiddish Turne) in Poland.8: Americanized form (translation into English) of any of various like-sounding Jewish surnames or names with similar meaning.

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

Similar surnames: Berner, Tanner, Lerner, Horner, Murner, Turney, Gunner, Turek, Tuller

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Where is the Turner family from?

You can see how Turner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Turner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Turner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 11,778 Turner families living in Lancashire. This was about 15% of all the recorded Turner's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Turner families in 1891.
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What did your Turner 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 Turner. 6% of Turner men worked as a General Labourer and 63% of Turner women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Turner were Bricklayer and Incapacitated. .

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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
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

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There are 377,000 military records available for the last name Turner. For the veterans among your Turner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Turner lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Turner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Turner in 1940 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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