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Springer Name Meaning

English German Dutch and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a lively person or for a traveling entertainer from an agent derivative of Middle English Middle High German springen Middle Dutch springhen Yiddish shpringen ‘to jump or leap’. The surname of German origin is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Poland Czechia and Slovenia (see also 4 below). In part it is a Gottscheerish (i.e. Gottschee German) surname originating from the Kočevsko region in Lower Carniola Slovenia (see Kocevar ). English: occupational name from Middle English springer(e) ‘dancer(?) fencer(?)’; ‘one who traps animals or birds(?)’ a derivative either of Middle English springen ‘to spring up leap’ (Old English springan) or Middle English spring ‘dance fencing stroke bird snare’. English: perhaps a topographic name from Middle English springer for someone who lived by a plantation of young trees or by a spring (Middle English spring ‘young tree young plantation copse’ ‘spring source of a stream’; compare Spring ). This type of formation where the suffix -er is added to a topographic term is especially frequent in Surrey Sussex and Hampshire but no evidence has yet been found to support this derivation of Springer. Czech Slovenian and Croatian (Špringer): nickname of German origin (see 1 above). In Slovenia it may (partly) be a Slovenized form of the Gottscheerish (i.e. Gottschee German) surname.

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

Similar surnames: Spring, Sprunger, Stringer, Slinger, Pranger, Sprenger, Strenger

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Where is the Springer family from?

You can see how Springer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Springer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Springer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 104 Springer families living in Ontario. This was about 43% of all the recorded Springer's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Springer families in 1911.
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What did your Springer ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Springer. 59% of Springer men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Springer women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Springer were Student and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Student

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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There are 151,000 census records available for the last name Springer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Springer 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Springer. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Springer. For the veterans among your Springer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Springer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Springer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Springer in 1940 was 43, and 77 in 2004.

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