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Cerny Name Meaning

Czech and Slovak (Černý): from Czech černý (Slovak čierny) ‘black dark’ hence a nickname for a black-haired man or someone with a dark complexion. Compare Cerna Cherny and Schwarz . French: habitational name from either of two places in Aisne and Essonne named Cerny from the Roman personal name Cernus a short form of Cerenus or Serenus + the suffix -iacus denoting an estate.

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

Similar surnames: Cerne, Cerna, Cerney, Erny, Cherny, Perna, Merry, Corby, Carby, Cerro

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You can see how Cerny families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cerny family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Cerny families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 4 Cerny families living in Alberta. This was about 57% of all the recorded Cerny's in Canada. Alberta had the highest population of Cerny families in 1911.
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What did your Cerny ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Cerny. 45% of Cerny men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Fathers Farm
  • Labourer
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Cerny. 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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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Cerny. For the veterans among your Cerny ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cerny lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cerny life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Cerny in 1944 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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