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Wagner Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) (also Wägner): occupational name for a carter and (in some dialects) a cartwright from an agent derivative of Middle High German wagen ‘cart wagon’ German Wagen. This surname is also established in many other parts of Europe notably in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Britain Poland and Denmark. In Hungary it is mostly spelled Wágner and Vágner. In Russia Czechia Croatia Slovenia and Slovakia it is also found in the Slavicized form Vagner . Compare Wagener Waggener and Wagoner . Dutch and perhaps also English: occupational name from Middle Dutch waghenaer ‘carter’ (compare 1 above). The Dutch word is not known to have been borrowed into English before 1600 but the surname Wagner is recorded in Norfolk (England) from 1379 perhaps a substitution of the Dutch word for Middle English wainer. Compare Waggoner .

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

Similar surnames: Wainer, Wager, Wapner, Wagoner, Wigner, Hafner, Wanner, Banner

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Where is the Wagner family from?

You can see how Wagner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wagner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wagner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 289 Wagner families living in London. This was about 44% of all the recorded Wagner's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Wagner families in 1891.
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What did your Wagner ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Shoemaker and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Wagner. 16% of Wagner men worked as a Shoemaker and 70% of Wagner women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wagner were Butcher and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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

  • Shoemaker
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Retired Butcher
  • Butcher

Top Female Occupations In 1939

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

There are 113,000 immigration records available for the last name Wagner. 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 233,000 military records available for the last name Wagner. For the veterans among your Wagner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wagner lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wagner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1940. The average life expectancy for Wagner in 1940 was 100, and 76 in 2004.

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