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Ringer Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from the Old French personal name Reinger, Rainger, composed of the Germanic elements ragin ‘advice’, ‘counsel’ + gar, ger ‘spear’, ‘lance’. English: occupational name for a maker of rings (see Ring 1) or for a bell ringer, from Middle English ring(en) ‘to ring’, Old English hringan. German: occupational name for a turner, someone who made objects by rotating them on a lathe or wheel.

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

Similar surnames: Ringel, Winger, Ranger, Ringen, Rinier, Rinker, Ginger, Minger

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Where is the Ringer family from?

You can see how Ringer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ringer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ringer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 52 Ringer families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Ringer's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Ringer families in 1911.
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What did your Ringer ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Fisherman was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Ringer. 20% of Ringer men worked as a Fisherman. .

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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

  • Fisherman
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Machinist
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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Ringer. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Ringer. For the veterans among your Ringer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ringer lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Ringer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Ringer in 1945 was 25, and 78 in 2004.

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