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Horner Surname Meaning

English (North Yorkshire) and German: from Horn 1 with the agent suffix -er; used either as an occupational name for someone who made or sold small articles made of horn (Middle English hornere) a metonymic occupational name for someone who played a musical instrument made from the horn of an animal or a topographic name for someone who lived at a ‘horn’ of land. In the Middle Ages whole horns were used for many purposes: as drinking vessels as containers as wind instruments for sounding an alarm and for signalling to others (e.g. when hunting). Pieces of horn were used to make spoons buttons combs handles decorative tips for rods and other things. The horner's craft could include making musical horns as well as sheets of translucent horn for windows and for covering books. For example Thomas Hornar of Petergate in York was paid for ‘hornyng et naillyng’ the superscribed covers of books in York Minster library in 142 German (also Hörner): from any of various places called Horn referring to their location at a spur of land at a horn shaped piece of land. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Horn 5.

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


Similar surnames: Corner, Thorner, Horne, Borner, Berner, Hirner, Hober, Honer, Horter

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You can see how Horner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Horner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Horner families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 119 Horner families living in Ontario. This was about 38% of all the recorded Horner's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Horner families in 1911.
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What did your Horner ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Horner. 48% of Horner men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Horner women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Horner were Clerk and Nurse. .

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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
    48%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Labourer
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housewife
    17%
  • Housekeeper
    17%
  • Student
    17%
  • Nurse
    17%
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What is the average Horner lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Horner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Horner in 1940 was 34, and 75 in 2004.

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