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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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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
    16%
  • Cabinet Maker
    13%
  • Retired Butcher
    10%
  • Butcher
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    70%
  • Domestic Servant
    4%
  • Private Means
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
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Census Records

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 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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Draft Cards

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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