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Tanner Name Meaning

English and Dutch: occupational name for a tanner of skins, Middle English tanner, Middle Dutch taenre. (The Middle English form derives from Old English tannere, from Late Latin tannarius, reinforced by Old French taneor, from Late Latin tannator; both Late Latin forms derive from a verb tannare, possibly from a Celtic word for the oak, whose bark was used in the process.) Swiss and German: habitational name for someone from any of several places called Tanne (in the Harz Mountains and Silesia) or Tann (southern Germany). Finnish: topographic or ornamental name from Finnish tanner ‘open field’.

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

Similar surnames: Danner, Mander, Tanzer, Tinner, Banner, Jenner, Gunner, Kanner

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Tanner Family Origin

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Tanner Family Occupations

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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Tanner ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

  • Fisherman

  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Servant


In 1881, Fisherman, Farmer and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tanner. A less common occupation for the Tanner family was Servant. The most common Tanner occupation in Canada was Fisherman. 19% of Tanner's were Fishermans.

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Tanner Historical Records

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Tanner Life Expectancy

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