Wagner Family History

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Wagner Name Meaning

German (also Wägner) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a carter or cartwright, from an agent derivative of Middle High German wagen ‘cart’, ‘wagon’, German Wagen. The German surname is also well established in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, eastern Europe, and elsewhere as well as in German-speaking countries.

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

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

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Wagner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wagner name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wagner. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Wagner Family Origin

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Wagner Family Occupations

What did your Wagner ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Wagner family was Pork Butcher. The most common Wagner occupation in the UK was Baker. 6% of Wagner's were Bakers. Baker, Boot Maker and Bootmaker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wagner.

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  • Baker

  • Boot Maker

  • Bootmaker

  • Pork Butcher


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Wagner ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Wagner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 679,000 census records available for the last name Wagner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wagner census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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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Draft Card

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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Wagner Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wagner

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wagner ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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