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Tanzer Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a skilled or enthusiastic dancer, or, as a German name, an occupational name for a professional acrobat, from an agent derivative of Middle High German, German tanzen ‘to dance’ (from Old French danser; the initial t- is the result of hypercorrection of a presumed Low German form). Among Jews, the name may have been taken by Chasidim, since members of this branch of Jewry (which arose in the 18th century) place great emphasis on dancing, and in some cases the name may have been ornamental.

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


Similar surnames: Panzer, Tanner, Mander, Tanger, Sanger, Panter, Lander, Danzer

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Where is the Tanzer family from?

You can see how Tanzer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tanzer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Tanzer families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 27 Tanzer families living in New York. This was about 56% of all the recorded Tanzer's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Tanzer families in 1880.
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What did your Tanzer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tanzer. 21% of Tanzer men worked as a Salesman and 17% of Tanzer women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tanzer were Manager and Beautician.

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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

  • Salesman
    21%
  • Clerk
    13%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Manager
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • New Worker
    17%
  • Salesgirl
    17%
  • Office Clerk
    13%
  • Beautician
    13%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Tanzer. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Tanzer. For the veterans among your Tanzer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tanzer lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Tanzer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Tanzer in 1954 was 35, and 82 in 2004.

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