History of your Surname
Get access to Lanier family records.Start a free trial

Lanier Family History

Lanier Name Meaning

French, Dutch, and English: occupational name for someone involved in the wool trade, from an agent derivative of Old French la(i)ne ‘wool’. French and Dutch: occupational name, with the definite article, for a pack driver, from French âne ‘ass’, ‘donkey’ (Latin asinus). French and Dutch: nickname for a falconer, from Old French lanier, lenier, a kind of falcon. French and Dutch: nickname for a lazy, slow, timid, or cowardly person, from Old French lanier, lenier.

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

Similar surnames: Manier, Mander, Lander, Lavier, Laier, Panter, Larmer, Ranger, Laufer

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Lanier family from?

You can see how Lanier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lanier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lanier families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 5 Lanier families living in Channel Islands. This was about 50% of all the recorded Lanier's in United Kingdom. Channel Islands had the highest population of Lanier families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lanier surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lanier ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Lanier. 100% of Lanier women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

View Census Data for Lanier | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Lanier family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Lanier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lanier census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search UK census records for Lanier

Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Lanier. 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.

View all Lanier immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Lanier. For the veterans among your Lanier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Lanier military records

You've only scratched the surface of Lanier family history

Discover More

What is the average Lanier lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Lanier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Lanier in 1942 was 27, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lanier

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Lanier family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial