Jenner Family History

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Jenner Name Meaning

English (chiefly Kent and Sussex): occupational name for a designer or engineer, from a Middle English reduced form of Old French engineor ‘contriver’ (a derivative of engaigne ‘cunning’, ‘ingenuity’, ‘stratagem’, ‘device’). Engineers in the Middle Ages were primarily designers and builders of military machines, although in peacetime they might turn their hands to architecture and other more pacific functions. German: from the Latin personal name Januarius (see January 1). Jänner is a South German word for ‘January’, and so it is possible that this is one of the surnames acquired from words denoting months of the year, for example by converts who had been baptized in that month, people who were born or baptized in that month, or people whose taxes were due in January.

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

Similar surnames: Venner, Fenner, Renner, Denner, Benner, Penner, Henner, Jenne, Menner

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Jenner Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Jenner. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Jenner Family Origin

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Jenner Family Occupations

What did your Jenner ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Jenner family was Clerk. The most common Jenner occupation in Canada was Farmer. 59% of Jenner's were Farmers. Farmer, Son and Book Binder were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Jenner.

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  • Farmer

  • Son

  • Book Binder

  • Clerk


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Jenner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 101,000 census records available for the last name Jenner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jenner 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Jenner. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Jenner. For the veterans among your Jenner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Jenner Life Expectancy

What is the average Jenner lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Jenner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Jenner in 1953 was 27, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Jenner 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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