Donner Family History

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Donner Name Meaning

German: nickname for a loud or irascible man, from Middle High German doner ‘thunder’ (Old High German thonar). Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental adoption of German Donner ‘thunder’.

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

Similar surnames: Danner, Doner, Dobler, Bonner, Finner, Sonner, Banner, Depner, Benner

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Donner Family Origin

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Donner Family Occupations

What did your Donner ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Donner family was Grocer. Annuitant, Farmer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Donner. The most common Donner occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 7% of Donner's were Annuitants.

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  • Annuitant

  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Grocer


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

Donner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Donner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Donner 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Donner. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Donner. For the veterans among your Donner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Donner Life Expectancy

What is the average Donner lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Donner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Donner in 1956 was 54, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Donner

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Donner 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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