Tanner Family History

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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Tanner name?

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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Tanner Family Origin

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Tanner Family Occupations

What did your Tanner ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, 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. Fisherman, Farmer and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tanner.

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  • Fisherman

  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Servant


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.

Tanner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 339,000 census records available for the last name Tanner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tanner 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 25,000 immigration records available for the last name Tanner. 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 46,000 military records available for the last name Tanner. For the veterans among your Tanner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Tanner Life Expectancy

What is the average Tanner lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Tanner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Tanner in 1941 was 40, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Tanner 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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