Abner Family History

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Abner Name Meaning

English: from a Biblical personal name, meaning in Hebrew ‘God is (my) light’, which was popular among the Puritans, especially among early settlers in New England, but also in the southern states. In the First and Second Books of Samuel, Abner is Saul’s uncle and the commander of his army, who is eventually cut down by Joab (II Samuel 3:12–39).

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

Similar surnames: Abney, Avner, Anker, Agner, Rayner, Aber, Arney, Alber, Arner, Eber

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Abner Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Abner name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Abner Family Origin

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Abner Family Occupations

What did your Abner ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Abner occupation in Canada was Farmer. 50% of Abner's were Farmers. Farmer and Laborer were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Abner.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer


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Abner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Abner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Abner 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Abner. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Abner. For the veterans among your Abner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Abner Life Expectancy

What is the average Abner lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Abner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Abner in 1942 was 30, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Abner 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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