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Lawney Family History

Lawney Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Tawney, Lawley, Laney, Larney, Lowney, Lane, Hawley, Radney, Laine

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Where is the Lawney family from?

You can see how Lawney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lawney family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lawney families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 13 Lawney families living in Ontario. This was about 72% of all the recorded Lawney's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Lawney families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lawney surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lawney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lawney. 37% of Lawney men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Lawney women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lawney were Carpenter and Clerk. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    37%
  • Farmer
    23%
  • Salesman
    14%
  • Carpenter
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    34%
  • Servant
    23%
  • Teacher
    23%
  • Clerk
    23%
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Census Records

There are 981 census records available for the last name Lawney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lawney 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 131 immigration records available for the last name Lawney. 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 Cards

There are 114 military records available for the last name Lawney. For the veterans among your Lawney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lawney lifespan?

Between 1962 and 1991, in the United States, Lawney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Lawney in 1962 was 79, and 60 in 1991.

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